This, in a nutshell, is why Minga puts up with so much discomfort with her dialysis to stay alive. Here she is at the center of her family. Great granddaughter Mileybus, the quinceaneros girl, is on her left. Raoul and Ana, Minga’s eldest daughter, are on her right. Raoul and Ana are actually Miley’s grandparents, but they have raised her from infancy.
Minga’s catheter has been moved down a bit, so you can just see the tip of her bandage above the collar of her blouse — but it’s not the hugely visible bandage from before. I think she looks beautiful.
Minga has a rich legacy of family. Her family, she tells us proudly, is her gift to the world.