In memory of our beloved Maria Fernanda Soto Santris

In memory of our beloved Maria Fernanda Soto Santris

The entire Factor-H team and families in the Abrazos Program mourn the passing of our beloved Maria Fernanda Soto Santris, 16, part of our HD community in Colombia. The second of three sisters, Maria Fernanda belonged to the Abrazos Program (at-risk for HD kids) for 4 years and had recently…
In Solidarity and Gratitude

In Solidarity and Gratitude

Helping in the time of COVID-19 We all know that the most vulnerable sectors of any society are always the worst hit in times of crisis. The arrival of the novel coronavirus has isolated our communities even further. The most vulnerable sectors of any society are always the worst-hot in times of…
Project Abrazos completes 5 years bringing hope to kids at risk for HD

Project Abrazos completes 5 years bringing hope to kids at risk for HD

The project ‘Abrazos’ (Hugs) started in 2015 and it aims to provide donations for children in Colombia and Venezuela living in families affected by HD and in extreme poverty conditions. Their family situation is dire and many of the kids have been abandoned by one of their parents. Often times,…
Manuel

Manuel

The image above has become symbolic for me. During my second visit to San Angel, a rural area in the State of Magdalena in Colombia, I visited a few families dispersed in the countryside, isolated from the rest of the world, a countryside that hides many patients away from aid,…

Living on the street with Huntington's

Today’s “life stories” brings us to a very difficult and sad place, but one that unfortunately exists. Many people with Huntington’s end up abandoned on the street. Whether left by their families or due to psychiatric issues that arise from the disease itself, young HD affected persons sometimes end up…
Dilia

Dilia

Dilia Oviedo Oviedo is 79 years old.  She had 12 children. One was stillborn. Of the 11 children that survived to adulthood, 4 already died from Huntington’s disease. 4 more are currently sick with HD, 2 in late manifest disease. Her husband died in the early 90s, and now a…
Roberto

Roberto

I met Roberto and his family when I visited them in April in Juan de Acosta, in the Atlántico State of the Colombian Caribbean coast. Juan de Acosta was considered the second largest HD cluster in the world, although many affected families have left the town in the recent years.…
Colombia April 2016 - Part 3: Stories from Juan de Acosta

Colombia April 2016 - Part 3: Stories from Juan de Acosta

My first – unexpected – science lecture for medical students in Barranquilla, Colombia Barranquilla is close to Juan de Acosta, the second largest cluster of HD patients in the world (to our knowledge). The prevalence was reported quite a few years ago by Dr. Daza in one of the few…
Colombia Trip April 2016 - Part 2

Colombia Trip April 2016 - Part 2

When we finally got our flight to Bogota from Quibdo, it was late at night. the plane was delayed and we did not take off until after 9pm. we landed around 11pm and we had to be back at the airport at 8am for the flight to Santa Marta. At…
Choco, Colombia, April 11-12. PART 1 of our Colombian Visit

Choco, Colombia, April 11-12. PART 1 of our Colombian Visit

Our first leg of the trip to see HD families took us to a place I had never been before. Choco is an area of Colombia bordering Panama on the North and the Amazonian region in the South. Choco has borders with both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, and…