ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had portions of a massive tumor removed in New Mexico is living comfortably in Rio Rancho with his family as he prepares for more treatment.
Kristean Alcocer of the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho said Jose Antonio Ramirez Serrano and his family are staying in a rented Rio Rancho home thanks to donations from church members.
Alcocer says members also helped the family with the purchase of a 2006 Pontiac Mountaineer van.
Last year, doctors at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque removed a third of the boy’s watermelon-sized tumor during the surgery.
In July 2012, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations assisted in picking up Jose and his parents from a neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez – one of the deadliest cities in the world because of drug cartels.