“The miracle is being done in Abigail’s life. We say goodbye to the year that was not good at all and we ask God to continue helping us, “implores Diego Jiménez, the father of the girl who has been fighting bone cancer for five of her 12 years.
Abigail’s case went viral in mid-November, when the girl returned from an oncological control in Tucumán and was going home in Las Termas de Río Hondo (Santiago del Estero). They were stopped by a police checkpoint in Yutu Yacu, on the border between Tucumán and Santiago and They did not let them pass because they did not have the authorization. Little did the huge wound on one of the girl’s legs matter.
Desperate, her father Diego picked her up, got out of the car in which they were traveling, and started walking along National Route 9. He crossed the provincial boundary with his daughter in his arms.
The image that went viral of Diego with his daughter Abigail in his arms, crossing the border between Tucumán in Santiago del Estero.
They wanted to get to his house in the San Martín de Las Termas neighborhood. The video quickly went viral, showing police abuse in this and other provinces. There was massive repudiation.
The Santiago Minister of Government went out to cross the girl’s father, said that he did not have the relevant authorization and that he had not wanted to wait 20 minutes. Former President Mauricio Macri repudiated the case and even a drawing depicting Abigail in her father’s arms went viral. This forced Santiago governor Gerardo Zamora to apologize and take charge of the police abuse that the girl had suffered.
“I thank God and all the people who are asking for my daughter; it is a miracle what is happening and hopefully my daughter continues to recover, “Diego Jiménez now told Clarion.
On the last night of 2020 there was a celebration in the San Martín de Las Termas neighborhood. Abigail’s family, her parents Diego and Carmen, uncles, cousins and neighbors they celebrated the arrival of the New Year by toasting in the street, like they did at Christmas.
“We are happy; we spend as a family, we are taking good care of her “said Rosa Jiménez, the aunt who spent the New Year there. “We are a large family, but we still share with our neighbors, who have helped us so much in these times,” he added.
With family and neighbors, on the sidewalk. Abigail celebrated the arrival of 2021 with a dinner of pure emotion.
After the police incident, the Santiago government agreed to the parents’ request and transferred the girl by medical plane, with all expenses paid, to a consultation at the Austral Hospital, located in the Buenos Aires town of Pilar. It was at the end of November and there they confirmed the diagnosis that they gave him in Tucumán, in addition to applying palliative treatment.
Abigail’s transfer to the Austral Hospital, located in Pilar. Photo Maxi Failla
The girl is currently attended at home by doctors and nurses from the Santiago health system.
For the family, “it is already a miracle” about the girl. “He goes out with us, thank God every day is betterHe even likes to go for a walk, he shares the table, he sits down when he didn’t before. It is something that she has overcome, because she was afraid, “says her aunt Rosa happily.
Together with his dad. Abigail “is getting a little better every day,” according to her relatives.
Some relatives arrived from Mar del Plata who spent the New Year with the Jiménezs. “God is pouring healing into Abigail’s life,” says Rosa.
Every improvement, whether in the girl’s mood or in the health, is reported with happiness by her parents and aunt. “He likes to take a dive in my nephew’s truck,” says Rosa. Several of these nights, Abigail and Georgina, her cousin from Mar del Plata, went out riding in a truck. “He likes to walk strong,” laughs the aunt.
Abigail with her family.
This Friday night, the glasses were raised to toast the arrival of a new year and say goodbye to “a very ugly year for us.” Abigail, along with her family and neighbors, offered to return to a normal life and “be able to swim again”, as he did before, in the pool of the Plaza Martín Miguel de Güemes, in Las Termas.
“It is unique and magical about the people, who are asking with devotion for Abigail’s health,” says Diego, her father, and begs, once again, that “keep up the prayer chains.” He says the miracle is happening.