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Family Of Slain Chicago Teen Whose Son Was Ripped From Her Womb Is Raising Funds For Newborn’s Medical Bills — Here’s How You Can Help

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The husband of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, the pregnant teen who was murdered before her infant son was cut from her womb, has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for their surviving baby’s medical care.

“I am very grateful to the entire community that was in the search of the death of my wife. I am grateful for the help that is being provided. With all my heart I keep asking for your help,” Yovani Lopez, who shares another child with the late Ochoa-Lopez, said on the crowdfunding page.

The campaign goal is $50,000, and three days after creating it, the family has raised $38,750.

“This will help that you will be giving me the future of my children. Thank you, My children will forever be grateful,” he wrote.

Lopez’s infant boy remains in grave condition at a local Chicago hospital after losing oxygen when he was forcefully taken out of his dead mother’s womb on April 23.

“The baby does have some brain activity, and he has recently — I think it was not last night but the night before, when his dad and his little brother was with him — he started to open his eyes,” says Emma Lozano, a spokesperson for the family.

Ochoa-Lopez, who was nine months pregnant, was lured to the house of Clarisa Figueroa with the promise of free baby items after the two connected on Facebook. When the 19-year-old mom, who was due on May 5, arrived, Figueroa strangled the teen with a coaxial cable.

People reports that Figueroa, 46, wanted a baby after losing her adult son to natural causes recently. For months, she had been faking her own pregnancy, posting ultrasound photos online. After first connecting with Ochoa-Lopez on April 1, she told her daughter, 24-year-old Desiree Figueroa, that she needed her help to kill the pregnant teen.

Authorities charged the mother and daughter with first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a child under 13 in the attack on Ochoa-Lopez.

As Lopez deals with the tragedy that resulted in the death of his wife and children’s mother, he is also forced to care for their first son and their critical newborn alone.

“Pray as my son Yovanny Jadiel recovers. Thank you very much for the prayers and support that you have given me. I have no more words of thanks,” he wrote on the GoFundMe.

Read: Chicago Infant Torn From His Mother’s Womb Before Her Murder Just Made Tremendous Progress In His Health And Doctors Are Hopeful

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Elisa Carrillo Makes History As The First Mexican Woman To Win This Prestigious Ballet Award And She’s Dedicating It To Her Home Country

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Elisa Carrillo Makes History As The First Mexican Woman To Win This Prestigious Ballet Award And She’s Dedicating It To Her Home Country

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Mexican dancer Elisa Carrillo just made history. On Tuesday, the performer picked up the Benois de la Danse prize, an award that has been described as the ballet world’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize or the Oscar.

Carrillo, 38, won the prestigious prize for her role as Juliet in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.

“I dedicate this prize to the Mexican people,” she said at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. “We’ll never stop fighting and working to achieve our dreams.”

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With her win, Carillo, who was raised in Texcoco, became the second Mexican dancer to be awarded the Benois. Guadalajara-born Isaac Hernández took home the award last year. Carrillo is, however, the first Mexican woman and the first female hailing from Latin America to receive the prize.

Carrillo began studying classical dances when she was just six years old. Her talents helped her get into the National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance of the INBA. By 14, a distinguished performance at a youth contest earned her a gold medal and scholarship to continue her studies at the English National Ballet School in London, England. Since 2011, she has been the lead female dancer at the Berlin State Ballet.

Along with the Benoit, Carrillo has also won the Soul of Dance prize, the Medalof Merit in Art and a top prize at the International Dance Festival in St. Petersburg, among many more.

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In Mexico, Carrillo has been using her fame to help make classical dance education accessible to low-income youth. In 2019, she partnered with the government to establish the Elisa Carrillo scholarship.

“There’s a lot of talent in Mexico, but unfortunately sometimes parents can’t support their children economically, or they can’t get information,” she said, according to Mexico News Daily.

Additionally, this year, she has been helping to organize the second annual Danzatlán festival in Mexico City, where international leaders in dance will gather in July.

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For her efforts, Mexico’s Culture Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and CONACULTA gave her the title of Ambassador of Culture.

“There are more and more people going to shows, more and more children taking classes,” she told the magazine Quién after winning the Benois prize about dance in her home country.

“I think that everything we’ve done in the past few years has helped people take another point of view and see dance as a way of living and enjoying life,” she added.

Read: In This Brazilian Slum, Ballet Teaches Young Girls Everything About Life

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