Maurilia was not strong enough to walk and spoke a disjointed speech between spanish and tu’un savi (mixtec indigenous language) while she was biting her fingers. She seemed to have lost the notion about time and space. She was born in november 12th, 1982, with the help of a midwife and studied until middle school, leaving studies to help her mother and her brother with the farm work.
In 2002, at 19 years old, she started suffering strong headaches and coughing up of blood. She later started to hallucinate and stopped eating. In 2003, her health had deteriorated. She was not attended by a medic, because there are no services avaible in her community. But her mother tried everything she could, even sold a plot of land to raise some money to for medicine. Her brother, migrant day laborer, spents almost all his time working in the north of the country and earns only enough for the everyday life.