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      Freak accident leaves Edinburg woman with severe brain damage

      Yuridia "Yuri" Cazares Fonseca

      Margarita and Ramon Cazares are thankful for the outpouring of support from the Rio Grande Valley.

      Their daughter, Yuridia Cazares Fonseca, fell off of her bicycle back in early May while she rode with a friend at a park off of 29th Street in McAllen.

      She hit her head and is now unable to speak, eat, or move without the help of medical professionals.

      From what I understand she fell off her bicycle and fractured her brain stem," Ramon said.

      The events that surround what exactly happened are still unclear|.

      What is clear is that Yuri, as she is known, cannot afford the care she needs as she starts to rebuild her life.

      It was a hard realization for a determined 23-year-old.

      But there is hope.

      Doctors Hospital at Renaissance has stepped in and are currently caring for Yuri.

      They will take her one step at a time and try and get her strong enough so she can go home.

      The University of Texas Pan American, a place she has grown to call home, also stepped in and set up and account for the struggling 23-year-old.

      They hope to gather enough donations to help ~Yuri TM and her family pay down those mounting medical bills and purchase items she will need once she is released from the hospital.

      "I want to thank everyone for their help and we hope that everything goes good for Yuri," Margarita said as she wiped away tears.

      While the road to recovery might be a bumpy one---it is one that ~Yuri TM will continue to travel down---with the help of a community.

      To help ~Yuri TM in her fight to recovery donations can be made at Lone Star National Bank.

      UTPA has also set up three collection locations at the Office of the President, University Advancement Office, and UTPA Alumni Center.