“Ramon is a walking miracle”

My son, Ramon is a walking miracle. It was 2010 when he heard the news that his cousin was killed in Afghanistan, He left home that evening to meet with friends, and never returned the same. At the age of 28, Ramon, my 3rd child, fell predator to a carjacking crime. He was placed in the trunk of his car and abandoned in east Phoenix. Fortunately, a passerby witnessed the crime and paramedics arrived in time to provide medical assistance. Although barely breathing, my Ramon was alive.

I’ve been an educator in the valley for years, our family has contributed to the community and Ramon’s late father once served in the Arizona legislature. I thought something like this would never happen to our family. But it did.

I and my entire family are grateful that Ramon was enrolled in AHCCCS at the time of his life-altering event. He was working part-time, attending school and could not afford health coverage on his own. When the paramedics revived Ramon, he was immediately transported to the hospital. AHCCCS was a life-saver. Ramon had suffered a stroke and traumatic brain injury. It’s been a long road, Ramon was comatose for 12 months and eventually survived 2 brain surgeries.

Today, Ramon is living the best life possible. Thanks to AHCCCS he receives medical care, rehabilitation services, occupational, speech and physical therapy. Ramon’s outstanding medical care has been the catalyst for his on-going recovery. He is a delightful young man, who is very respectful, compassionate and spiritual.  He is very vocal and contributes to his care, and as an educator, I am so proud that my son, Ramon Marin is continuing his education and is currently attending Mesa Community College where he has mainstreamed into regular classes and maintains a 4.0 GPA.

-Ofelia Canez

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