Thank you to Natalia Torres of Temperley, Argentina for sharing Jazmín’s story.

Our Jazmín was 16 years old, when her heart said enough on the 6th of June this year. She was 13 years old when she was diagnosed with MELAS, a mitochondrial disease with no cure, a rare mutation in my country.

Jaz was always a vital, happy, and loving companion. She left us an important message, which is what keeps us standing today, helping other families.

In 2019, we decided to set up the NGO Mitochondrial Diseases Argentina to raise awareness about these diseases in my country. And that’s how I got to know families from Latin America and Spain. Thanks to AEPMI, we were able to contact other families and professionals.

Today, we’ve been working to make alliances to investigate and advance our knowledge for therapies on mito in Argentina. During the awareness week in September 2022, we had the first meeting with professionals, students and families, which was organised in the faculty of exact sciences CABA thanks to ALAPA, the Argentine alliance of patients, the IB3 Institute of Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and foundations, in memory of Jaz and to promote the development of therapies.

November 2022