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By Manuel Azocar III
A Pearsall youngster who has been in the hospital since early January battling the effects of COVID-19 is scheduled to return home this week and family members are asking the community to rally support for a ‘Welcome Home’ parade slated for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20.
The parade route is scheduled to run from Pearsall High School, south down Oak Street, then east along Alabama St. towards North Mesquite St. and to Mack Laxson Field.
According to family members, Alina Valenzuela was hospitalized on January 10 after suffering complications associated with COVID-19.
“She went into cardiac arrest and has had three heart procedures, her kidneys were shutting down and she had her leg amputated due to a blood clot,” Miriam Trevino said. “It’s been a hard time for her but she’s been a miracle.
“We just wanted to have this event for her because of the support we’ve received from the community and to give thanks to everyone; the school, the local hospital, her coaches, the community, just everyone for their support,” Trevino said. “She’s doing really good, but it’s been a struggle.”