MEXICO CITY (AP) — A woman who had been living in North Carolina illegally has gotten help from Mexican authorities to return to her native country for cancer treatment.
Norma Ramirez was diagnosed earlier this year with a malignant growth on her urethra. But she faced deportation if she continued treatment in the U.S. But that would mean she'd have to leave her two young children behind. Both were born in the U.S.
Yet if she returned to Mexico, she didn't know where she'd receive medical treatment.
So the Mexican consulate arranged for her to receive care in Mexico, paid for by the state. Officials also arranged for her young children to receive Mexican passports so they could return with her.
Ramirez is now receiving treatment in Acapulco.