Sunday, December 9, 2012

After Stroke, Living in a Home Filled With Bickering, and Love

A conversation between two roommates, Marianela Toro and Ana Ventura, on a recent afternoon consisted of disparaging comments soaked in sarcasm and exasperated sighs that were soon chased with laughter. There was even a weapon brandished: Ms. Ventura, 43, threatened Ms. Toro, 46, with a pillow.
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Marianela Toro suffered a stroke that caused most of her left side to be paralyzed.  A sister and nephew live with her.
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“Her hobby is screaming,” Ms. Toro said. “She screams all the time.”
“She’s like a child,” Ms. Ventura shot back, and Ms. Toro, an admitted instigator, simply smiled.
Ms. Toro and Ms. Ventura are sisters, sharing an apartment in the Unionport neighborhood of the Bronx. Ms. Ventura’s 12-year-old son, Yadriel Bracero, who had always been close to his aunt, lives with them. Bickering and pranks are commonplace in their home. NEXT...


David Glenn said...

I read the whole story and I am amazed Yadriel's generosity.. Ms.Toro should be very lucky to have a family like Yadriel.

I'm a personal injury lawyer Dallas TX and I want to share this story to my patients as well to at least, uplift their spirits.