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Perez is a 76-year-old Mexican American who was recently diagnosed with a slow
heartbeat requiring an implanted pacemaker. Mr. Perez has been married for 51
years and has 6 adult children (three daughters aged 50, 48, and 42; three sons
aged 47, 45, and 36), 11 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren. The youngest
boy lives three houses down from Mr. and Mrs. Perez. The other children, except
the second-oldest daughter, live within 3 to 10 miles from their parents. The
second-oldest daughter is a registered nurse and lives out of state. All
members of the family except for Mr. Perez were born in the United States. He
was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States at the age
of 18 in order to work and send money back to the family in Mexico. Mr. Perez
has returned to Mexico throughout the years to visit and has lived in Texas
ever since. He is retired from work in a machine shop.
Perez has one living older brother who lives within 5 miles. All members of the
family speak Spanish and English fluently. The Perez family is Catholic, as
evidenced by the religious items hanging on the wall and prayer books and
rosary on the coffee table. Statues of St. Jude and Our Lady of Guadalupe are
on the living room table. Mr. and Mrs. Perez have made many mandas (bequests)
to pray for the health of the family, including one to thank God for the
healthy birth of all the children, especially after the doctor had discouraged
them from having any more children after the complicated birth of their first
child. The family attends Mass together every Sunday morning and then meets for
breakfast chorizo at a local restaurant frequented by many of their church’s
other parishioner families. Mr. Perez believes his health and the health of his
family are in the hands of God.
Perez family lives in a modest four-bedroom ranch home that they bought 22
years ago. The home is in a predominantly Mexican American neighborhood located
in the La Loma section of town. Mr. and Mrs. Perez are active in the church and
neighborhood community. The Perez home is usually occupied by many people and
has always been the gathering place for the family. During his years of
employment, Mr. Perez was the sole provider for the family and now receives
social security checks and a pension. Mrs. Perez is also retired and receives a
small pension for a short work period as a teacher’s aide. Mr. and Mrs. Perez
count on their nurse daughter to guide them and advise on their health care.
Perez visits a curandero for medicinal folk remedies. Mrs. Perez is the
provider of spiritual, physical, and emotional care for the family. In
addition, their nurse daughter is always present during any major surgeries or
procedures. Mrs. Perez and her daughter the nurse will be caring for Mr. Perez
during his procedure for a pacemaker.
Explain the significance of
family and kinship for the Perez family.
Describe the importance of
religion and God for the Perez family.
Identify two stereotypes
about Mexican Americans that were dispelled in this case with the Perez
What is the role of Mrs.
Perez in this family?
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