Josefa Returns Home

Josefa Castilla has her wish and has returned to her hometown of Vélez de Benaudalla and she intents to spend the rest of her life there, however long that might be.

COS VdB Josefa Returns HomeJosefa suffers from chronic ischaemia and arterioesclerosis, which has left her bedridden and consequently under morphine treatment, .

Ischemia or ischaemia is a restriction in blood supply to any tissue, muscle group, or organ of the body, causing a shortage of oxygen that is needed for cellular metabolism (to keep tissue alive).

Doctors had only given her months to live but they hadn’t counted on this 76-year-old woman’s determination to return to her hometown and be surrounded by family, friends and breath the air of the town where she grew up, with all its memories.

Her 50-year-old daughter, Ana Hernández, had moved heaven and earth to get her ailing mother home from Palma de Mallorca, which was possible thanks to the help of the Ambulancia del Deseo. (See ambulance in photo). She arrived on mainland Spain at Valencia and from there was driven in this ambulance across Spain to reach Vélez de Benaudalla.

But they didn’t drive her directly to her house near the Nazari Gardens but stopped in the very emblematic main square, where the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario stands. There she was met by the press and neighbours to whom she expressed how happy she was to be ‘home.’

Why did the ambulance make a stop there? Because inside the church was the effigy of San Antonio to whom she had constantly prayed during her constant ordeal metered out by her illness. The priest waited inside and there before the altar, they recited “Our Father.”

From there she was taken home, where many villagers waited. There also awaited two grandchildren whom she had never met.

(News/Noticias: Velez de Benaudalla, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – Photo: still from Ideal video)

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