Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

My 3 year old cousin was diagnosed with diabetes (unsure what type or how far it has progressed). He lives in Mexico and has fallen into a coma 2 months ago and into another just recently. He is currently taking insulin but the mother feels this isn't of any use. Could you possibly help me get information on treatment for my cousin or literature in Spanish so we may send it to my aunt in Mexico? She is in great need of information and any answers to help her little boy. Any information would be of great help.


This question was referred to several of our professional friends who we thought might have some knowledge of the situation:

From a friend who's a physician:

To start, ask them to get in touch with
Dr Israel Lerman
Sur 136 Esq. Observatorio
Torre de Consultorios
Hospital ABC
Colonia Las Americas
Dr. Juan Rull
Instituto nacional de Nutricion
Vasco de Quiroga 15
Col. Seccion 16, 1400
Sorry, I don't have their phone numbers.

Another, VERY important step may be getting in touch with the President of the International Diabetes Federation, Sra. Maria de Alva, in Monterrey, phone 8-356-4967 or at home, 8-338-1483.

They can use my name.

Hope this is of help. Let me know what happens.

Arturo R. Rolla, MD
Boston, MA

(Dr. Rolla is an endocrinologist, and bilingual.)

From a friend who's a nurse practitioner:

My name is Tom Bartol and I am bilingual and work with Hispanic people with diabetes in Kansas City, MO. I may be able to help with literature in Spanish about diabetes. Where does your cousin live...what part of Mexico? Sounds like Type 1 diabetes. If you give me more information about where they are I can let you know if I know of local resources for them. If they have a VCR there are some free videos I could probably get to you to send them or also booklets in Spanish, etc. Let me know.

Tom Bartol, RNC
Family Nurse Practitioner

From a friend who's a dietitian:

Regarding the inquiry for the family with a three-year old with diabetes in Mexico, I recommend putting them in touch with

Federacion de Asociaciones Mexicano de Diabetes
Calz. Del Valle 400
Local 17
Garza Garcia, N.L.
Mexico 66220
Phone (83) 56-49-67
Fax (83) 35-87-08

The President of this group is Maria De Alva. They have reading materials available and can put the lady in touch with other kinds of help closer to home. Since it is almost certain that this child needs to be insulin to survive, I hope this will expedite getting the mother some needed answers to her questions as quickly as possible.

Betty Brackenridge at Learning Rx

(Betty is a dietitian working in Arizona)

[Editor's comment: We want to thank everyone who helped out with providing information to this question. WWQ]

Original posting 4 Jan 97


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:52
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.