His wife has Alzheimer’s and he takes her to work every day to not leave her at home alone
Alzheimer’s is a widespread disease and very difficult to manage, especially for family members.
In fact, those who have it no longer have full control of their cognitive abilities.
They experience memory loss (and therefore need continuous assistance) and often do not recognize the people around them, despite having shared their life with them for many years.
Case in point is that of Fresia, a 65-year-old woman who lives in Coquimbo, Chile. For a while now, the effects of the disease have become more and more evident, but her husband, Mario Núñez (71), does not feel like leaving her alone at home when he goes to work every day.
Mario Núñez is a driver for the Liserco bus line in Coquimbo. He works more than 10 hours a day and his wife accompanies him on each trip. They do not have the money or help they need to cope with this disease.
Fresia Farías (65) has been the partner of Mario Núñez (71) for more than 28 years. Núñez lives in Coquimbo and is a driver for Liserco, a fleet that operates intercity routes along the coast of the IV Region.
Every day he gets up at 5:30 a.m., wakes up his wife and prepares her for a new 10-hour routine on board the bus. He drives and she accompanies him as co-driver, but probably without knowing who he is with or where they are going. Alzheimer’s is already part of their lives.
Once on the bus, that he has to drive for about nine hours a day, Mario accommodates his wife, Fresia in one of the front seats where she remains for the entire time of her husband’s work shift.
The love that binds them, which has lasted 28 years, is still very strong, although Fresia practically does not recognize Mario anymore.
Yet he does not feel like leaving her at home because she has not been independent for a long time and could get hurt. Also, their children, for personal reasons, cannot help them, and the available care facilities are very expensive.
Sometimes, the man confesses, it is not easy. Especially, on cold days, it is really painful to have to wake her up and take her out of the warm house.
Moreover, even if many passengers understand the situation and are understanding, some other people do not always have the patience to accept the situation without making jokes or being rude.
The story of Mario and Fresia has touched millions of people,
above all, due to the loving dedication with which he takes care of her every day.
Fortunately, however, this popularity and attention have produced positive results! In fact, the Fundación Las Rosas, a Chilean social assistance institution founded by the Catholic church, for example, has offered to provide a place in a nursing home for Fresia so that she can be assisted in the city of La Serena, Chile.
We hope that the government authorities will also move to ensure this woman, and her loving husband and companion, the tranquility they deserve.