New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, November 29, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 6
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Boy happy in school a1
to be back at Memorial
because Heriberto is young and active, we would try to go as long as possible without surgery.”
Hull said that by the summer, both of Heriberto's eyes were showing signs of scarring. Though he and his family had hoped to put it off, a transplant soon became the best chance of saving Heriber-to’s sight.
Surgeon Robert Snip found the donor cornea and helped get fees down so that the Flores family could afford the operation. Hull said that, because Heriberto is not a U.S. citizen, there was limited help available.
“Dr. Snip got the price down to $2,006, and normally it’s $2,500 for the transplant tissue alone,” Hull said. “The family had some money saved up, but I wanted them to use it for post-operative care. That’s when I went to the Lions Club.”
The New Braunfels Lions Club, where Hull is a member, agreed to pay $2,000 of the $2,006. Hull paid the remaining $6 himself.
Heriberto’s parents, Lam-berto and Rocio Flores, along with his five siblings, were overjoyed at the community’s response to their son.
“We thanked God for finding such good people who had such great hearts to help him,” Rocio Flores said. “We will never find a way to repay all the help from Dr. Hull and the Lions Club.”
After a successful surgery earlier this month, Hull thinks Heriberto may be on the road to a great recovery. He will need a surgery on his other eye in about a year. However, Hull said Heriberto’s vision may go from 20/2100 to
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FEMA map revisions could be years away
the floodplain. His biggest concern now is making sure the project actually moves forward.
City council members have ample funding for either project from the $16 million portion of the 2004 bond package allocated for drainage improvements.
“There’s funding, but then theres authorization,” he said. “I would hate to see (council members) decide to spend this money on something else.”
The bond money was approved for improvements to the Churchill-Wright drainage project, the North Tributary and Blieders Creek.
Although Option 7 is the most expensive option, Call said he hoped council would consider approving it.
“I don’t want to see them go cheap. It’s less expensive to make these improvements now, and they will pay off in the future," he said.
(Jail also approves of Halff ’s proposal to incorporate park amenities into the project.
The detention basin could include at least eight soccer fields, and the channel improvements could allow for walking trails.
Based on the input he receives from council members Wednesday, Short said he would ask for a formal stamp of approval on the project at a future council meeting.
"We’ll start working on design drawings at the beginning of the year,” he said. “It will take about six months to produce those. Most likely next summer, we’ll go out for the right-of-way, and I would imagine that we would probably start construction the following year.”
As soon as the project construction is complete, the city will apply to the Federal Emergency Management Association for a letter of map revision to modify the floodplain map for the area. Short anticipated it would take the agency about six months to recognize the changes.
20/40 with glasses.
“He could lead a very normal life. The transplant may last up to 20 years,” Hull said. “I saw him twice since the surgery, and he seems to be healing very well.”
Part of his spectacular recovery can be attributed to great friends. Heriberto’s classmates are doing their best to make him feel comfortable now that he’s back in school. They made him a card, and some students even cried when they heard about his surgery.
“It’s been really emotional for the whole class,” said teacher Stephanie Grey. “They’re kind of like a little family.”
His cousin, Cassandra Flores, and sister, Susana Flores, guide Heriberto around
school, protect him from other kids in the hall and even remind the teacher when it’s time for his medicine.
Cassandra, also a fourth-grader, said everyone fights over who gets to be Heriberto’s helper.
“He was really happy to come back,” she said. “Everyone hugged him when he came in. Before, he could just sit at home and watch TV.” Heriberto still has a little trouble seeing, but some things are clear to him. He said he is grateful for the help from his friends and from the doctor who was committed to helping him.
The day after surgery, he insisted that his parents take him to Hull’s office so he could thank the doctor in person.
Heriberto Flores does his classwork at Memorial Elementary.
Texas soldier killed in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Texas soldier was killed in Iraq when his unit came under direct fire during combat operations, the Defense Department announced Monday.
Sgt. William B. Meeuwsen, 21, of Kingwood, died Wednesday in Baghdad along with Staff Sgt. Aram J. Bass, 25, of Niagara Falls, N.Y. Their deaths were being reviewed as possible friendly-fire incidents.
Both were assigned to the Second Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Second Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division.
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