Program was part of a larger Special Olympic program aimed to promote the health of athletes with intellectual disabilities
, photo: ABC Medical Center
22 of July 2016 18:37:25
MEXICO CITY -- The American British Cowdray (ABC) Medical Center in Mexico City checked the height, weight, BMI and blood pressure of athletes hoping to represent Mexico at the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017, to be held in Austria, on Friday.Headed by Dr. Lourdes Rivas, director of operations of Relief Clinics at the ABC Medical Center and Fernanda Martínez, national director of the Special Olympics Mexico (OEM), the arrangement came as part of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, intended to offer health checks to athletes in need across 130 countries.[caption id="attachment_27915" align="alignleft" width="300"] An ABC Medical Center doctor performs a health check on a Mexican Special Olympics athlete. Photo: ABC Medical Center[/caption]"For 130 years we have developed a strong commitment to philanthropy through medical care," said Dr. Lourdes Rivas. "However, no one told us that the real contribution to this agreement would be the enormous contribution of love, enthusiasm and dedication that these athletes have show us through their passion for sports."Martínez was similarly full of praise."The Mexico Special Olympics is proud to have as important an ally as the ABC Medical Center, which supports us with clinical reviews of athletes, conversations with relatives and careful monitoring for any athlete that requires it," she said. "With this, we are achieving our mission of promoting the health of communities with intellectual disabilities."