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♪ >> tonight on a special editionof aqui y ahora, a mother says she could not get over the ideaof losing her son. >> it is is the worst. it is the worst to bury a son.>> until she found out he was alive.her passion was dance until she got devastating news.>> daniela, theres a possibility we have to amputateyour foot. >> in the middle of her personaltragedy, she decided to give the world a lesson in life.>> they were humiliated. >> at the time of the meeting,he stood up and said what is that woman doing here?>> the economic crisis leaves more and more people almostevery day. >> i left crying.the furniture i had, i gave away.other things i had to throw away.i could not bring anything with me.>> with an expired visa, they were stranded without being ableto finish their trip. >> we want to finish fulfillingour dream. >> this and more tonight on aquiy ahora, profiles. >> tonight, we are going to showyou some people we met this year that is now coming to an end.hello. i am teresa rodriguez.>> and diane patricia. good evening and welcome to aquiy ahora. we begin with the story of amother who suffered greatly when she found out that her son haddied. as tifani roberts tells us,their family members went to bury him, and then they foundout something that changed everything.♪ >> she had her first son at theage of 17. she named him jonathan.she later had two more sons. >> iu used to take them tokindergarten and then i got pregnant again and i had anotherson. ♪>> she was a guard at the local prison when she separated fromthe father of her children, she was able to get them ahead.when they grew up, well, he started drinking.>> she thinks that the absence of a father is what drove herson jonathan to start drinking from the age of much as his mother counseled him against that, he became moreand more immersed in alcoholism. >> i would say i do not want tosee your drunk. i am not asking for anythingfrom you. >> she came to understand thather sons addiction was very serious.but she could not do anything to change things.>> it is very hard for them to come out of that illness.>> felicitas did not see her son for many months.but rhthrough friends and neighbors, she always knew wherehe was. at the end of 2019, she saw oneof his friends. >> hes living with a friend whoalso drags a lot. >> three months past withoutseeing him -- passed without seeing him until last januaryshe received concerning news. >> my son arturo came and saidthe neighbor said they had picked up a boy who looked likejonathan. >> felicitas says she was verynervous. she sent her two sons to gotothe forensics office in the next town where the body had beentaken. >> i could not stand up foranything and my son said, well, we will go if you want, stay here. >> when their sons left thehouse, it was 11:00 p.m. >> they left and they would tellme iphone that they wanted to show them the body.>> felicitas sent the most recent photo she had, taken inthe hospital after his surgery. according to felicitas, he hadseveral identifying traits. among them, a tattoo on hischest with the name of his daughter.the scar from his recent operation.and he was missing two front the morning, she received a notification she dreaded.>> my son said, mom, they are going to give us the body at5:00 a.m. i said, well, it has got to behim. it has got to be him.i felt worse. >> felicitas asked for help fromher sister in the u.s. to organize the wake and burial.>> it is the worst. it is bury a son is the worst. >> did you try and open thecoffin? >> it was closed.while i thought i would bury my son without seeing him for thelast time. >> she celebrated the nine daynovena and planned on putting across up on the bridge wherehis body was found. but the day before thathappened, a son called her, alarmed.>> he said he had been bothered all morning.he had been receiving messages that his brother was alive, thatjonathan was alive and not dead. >> felicitas first reaction wasincredulity. >> do not play with that.tell them if they keep bothering you, you are going to tell thepolice. >> according to the versioncirculating on social media, her oldest son was in a clinic foralcoholics known as annexo, and following the rules, he couldnot leave. he was absolutely isolatedwithout any access to a phone. then she remembered that one ofthe directors of the center knew a friend of hers.>> yes, maam. they tell me that theres a30-year-old here named jonathan martinez with a tattoo.of the name dania. and hes missing two teeth.>> when she found out he had the same traits of her son, she wentlooking for him. >> when we arrived, well, i wasafraid, right? as i thought, what if it was nothim? >> jonathan was waiting for.-- for her. >> you can only imagine.i think i cried more for him at that moment than i did at theburial, because i never saw him in the casket.i said thank god, jonathan, youre ok.>> when she saw me, she was stunned, because i was alive,and well, i, well, i said i am here.i hugged her and started crying, and she cried too.>> jonathan said only his father knew where he was.>> the truth is i felt bad. i told my dad and i came to thecenter. >> why did you not tell yourmother you were here? >> i did not want her to see thecondition i was in. >> he says that he wasfrightened when he found out what had happened at his momshouse. >> they told me that you weredead. my mom told me that.>> he told his friends what had happened.>> he has a legal problem, too. hes a living person with adeath certificate. >> miguel ris eddie, theattorney and friend of the family, says only through atrial can jonathans identity be reestablished.but a mystery persists. >> so who was buried?>> we dont know yet. >> a judge will have to orderthe examination of the body that was buried to undergo a dna testand determine the identity of the deceased.for felicitas, what occurred was more than a case of mistakenidentity. for her, it is difficult toerase the feelings that she felt for over two weeks.>> i still cry, because i thought i had really buried myson. >> what a tragedy, right?the authorities have identified the person who was accidentallyburied, but they have not made that information public.>> and unfortunately, jonathan has relapsed multiple times.the good thing is that he has returned to seek rehabilitationeach time. well be back with moreprofiles. >> later,hc♪ >> she was living the bestmoments of her life. she had been a beauty queen.she was seceding in her career as a professional model.and she was enjoying her passion for dance.but then some health problems ended with a partial amputationof one of her legs. last august, i spoke withdaniela alvarez. she told me how she turned hermisfortune into a life lesson. >> at the age of 11, danielaavarua -- alvarez had a dream. >> i am going to be misscolombia, and then i will be a television one of the most important shows of my country.then im going to get married, have children, and drinklemonade. >> daniela was born in colombia,where music flows through everyones veins.that spontaneity in a tall, beautiful, and thin womanallowed her to fulfill her goals one by one.she graduated as a journalist, and at the age of 23, she becamemiss colombia. she represents her country inthe miss universe pageant in 2021.-- in 2012. she was not one of the 16finalists. >> it affected my ego, ofcourse. i think it was a good experiencebecause sometimes in life we have to learn that we do notalways win. we also have to learn how tolose. >> when she returned, her careeras a television host took off. she also decided tot ry her --to try her hand as a businesswoman.and with an image and many followers online, she wouldshare with her followers what she most likes doing, dancing.♪ >> you were experiencing thebest moments of your life. and then suddenly, life placedanother obstacle in your way. >> i talked to my belly and ifelt i had a lump. and about 20 days later, thebump never subsided. >> she did not feel any pain,but just to be safe, she underwent some exams.>> i had a mass, but it was not malignant.>> it had to be removed a procedure that was supposed to be quick and easy.>> when the surgeon entered, he realized that the mass wasadhered to the aorta. >> after the operation, danielafelt excruciating pain in her legs.>> the doctors had to reconstruct the aorta.but at that point, there was a blockage, and it affected mylegs, particularly my left foot. >> with prayers, treatments, andmedicine, 1.5 months passed. daniela was demobilized, untilher doctor gave her devastating news.>> daniela, theres a possibility that we may have toamputate your foot. >> daniela felt inconsolable.>> i cried. i was was it possible? i cant imagine my life withouta foot. i am 32 years old.i love to swim, to run, to dance.>> but dr. also warned her that there was another possibility.she might have a bacteria that could cause her death.>> when he told me this, i thought, well, it is either mylife, which could be at risk with this infection, or its apart of my body. and i felt, well, definitelythen, i understood and i accepted that that was thebetter solution. >> the day before the surgery,daniela went to social media to open her heart for herfollowers. >> tomorrow i will have my lastsurgery where my left foot be removed.they will also have to remove part of my that i can continue having a better life.>> daniela and her family never stopped praying.when she came out of the operation, she was not expectingthe new result. >> i had to amputate more thanwe expected. we had to cut above the knee.>> her next trial by fire was to see her amputated leg.>> my family was around me and the docket was next to me.i said, one, two, three. he uncovered my leg, i lookeddown, and i smiled. >> from that moment forward, shebegan to regain her health and understood what a gift her lifewas. >> amputation is what brought mehome safely and healthy. it is what saved me.>> they say that one an amputation happens, someone canstill feel that missing limb. is that true?did that happen to you? >> it happens to me sometimes.i feel as if i had my foot. its incredible.sometimes im putting on shorts and i will make the samemovement as before, like i have forgotten i was amputated.>> on social media, she continues to share her processto readapt. with four hours of dailytherapy, she found a way to dance with her brother, in avideo she also shared. but not everything is a goodtime. she has a clear attitude towardsadversity. >> when i feel something isabout to hit me hard, i remind myself i am still alive, that ican still build my dreams alongside the man i love, whohas been with me unconditionally, and i will beable to get ahead and fulfill my dream to have children and afamily. >> daniela, what would you sayis your principal fear in life? >> sometimes, i think i mightgrow up to be a mother, and it might be hard for me to get upout of bed to see my child in the crib.these are things i do not know how i will work out.♪ >> she wants to keep in contactwith people who have supported her.>> i hope to have a prosthesis in the next 1.5 months.i hope to be standing soon. i hope to be able to dance indecember, for christmas with my family.and show that sometimes when unexpected things happen inlife, we can still get ahead, because there will always,always be a solution. that is the message i want toleave my followers. >> that strength is incredible.and her mother told us recently that daniela continues herrehabilitation. and she has become an example ofbravery and overcoming obstacles for everyone.>> when we return, inan industry dominated by men, women were notappreciated. >> he turned♪ >> despite that there are peoplewho think tequila is the realm of men, a group of women isproducing over 3000 liters of liquor.they remember a time when men would make fun of them and madetheir lives harder. they tell us how, as long asthey are able to, they will continue to make this elixirwithout permission from any men. >> this is los altos de in this land, there is a tequila company where only womenwork. this is a day of productionhere. >> this process is where wecrush the agape plant and -- agave plant, and from that juiceis where we get the tequila after it is distilled.>> she is 19 years old and has been working here for two years.when we met her, she -- >> the heat is what tires youthe most. >> how much does each one weigh?>> 15, 20, 40 kilograms, the biggest ones.>> what do men say about this? >> they say i am very strong,that i can do anything. >> the compliments are more thanjust -- in many cases they also cut theleaves off the agave plants. this machine then squeezes theagave. nothing here goes to waste.>> i am taking what is coming out and i put on the other side,run it through again to get all the juice out.>> shes also 19 and says she knows the secret to success.>> we are all here helping each other.>> that collaboration is very obvious.this is a family run business. >> i came here with a messagefrom the valley of guadalupe bay.-- valley of guadalupe >>its five miles from the is the closest town, and where everyone who works herelives. many men from that area havegone to the united states. >> that was a handmade sign, andonly women showed up. all ages.from 14-year-o girlsld, to women who were older.>> she created this place. she was a fashion designer 25years ago and left everything behind to make a tequila bottlewith her fathers name on it for him.shes the only tequila master in mexico.shes now known as the queen of tequila.>> when we were going to start the meeting, this man stood upand said, hey, what is this woman doing here?and they said that i was starting out a tequilamanufacturing and i wanted to see what that world was like.he turned to me and he said, women should be like shotguns.loaded and in the corner. either she leaves or i leave.>> she was not deterred. she spoke with husbands andfathers to allow their wives and daughters to work.>> at first, people were worried.people wanted to mop and sweep. they did not trust that theycould do more. >> but those were not her plans.>> so we showed them how to distill, how to ferment, how todo everything. >> now, many of them are moresure of themselves. >> i was interviewing them andthey would not even look at me, they would look at the floor,they would look up. they were lacking confidence.>> claudia lopez, a chemist at the company, explains.>> the processes are not so is a more natural way of making tequila.>> they use the same methods that have been used forgenerations. these traditional methods arewhat makes the tequila stand out.but the tequila is made strictly for exporting, so none of theemployees have seen this in the store.>> we were able to go to california, but we were not ableto get visas for everyone, so many workers were crying.>> i would like to see somebody buy a tequila tequila and say tothem, you know what? i make that tequila.that tequila is made by women, just women.>> the tequila from mexico is exclusively for is sold primarily in california, new york, chicago,texas, and seattle. it is also exported to brussels.this has been given many international awards.>> tequila for mexicans who are brought, its about rememberingyour grandfather, your mom, the people you had to leave to lookfor a better life. >> and although they were notable to travel, they hope one day to have their visasapproved. until that happens, they feelat home. as waterloo pay -->> i like working here. when i dont come to work, ifeel like something is missing from my day.>> mellys husband has seen them grow and become stronger.>> there have been situations where they had been harassed andwhat they say is you are a woman, you have work, you haveevery right that anybody has, so you should not allow that.>> these women have made a dream began with the magnificent agave from this land that isfilled with minerals. led by a woman who did not takeno for an answer. >> good for them.they are planning to expand and export the tequila to china, theworlds largest market. and she is sure that one day shewill accomplish that. well be back after a break.dont go anywhere. >> when we return, sleeping inher car was her only option. >>ision♪ >> economic difficulties thathave worsened in the last few months have made many familiesleave their homes and end up on the is a story of a woman who, facing a new reality, has becomea planter of hope. >> for donia maria, her universeis or plants. she says she has a green thumb.she pays a small amount of money at this nursery where shecultivates aromatic herbs and plants.>> i cut these and in three weeks or a month, it has gottenroots. and i get enough money from hereto keep planting more. >> she likes working out in theopen. but she does not like livingthere. her financial need drove hernorth in order to support her four children.>> my oldest was 10, and my youngest was a-year-old.and it was difficult. to come here, to leave myone-year-old son. >> she did not know what, butshe did not come alone. >> i did not know i was pregnantwhen i came. >> this is where i found out.>> she first arrived in texas, where her youngest was born.she began working in the fields, but immigration raids made herfleet, and 18 --made her flee, and 18 years ago she came toflorida. she lives here in an apartmentnear the nursery where she works.she had a home there, furniture, a bed, a bathroom, a kitchen,and a roof over her head. things she never would haveimagined would become a luxury because of the pandemic.>> i could not pay the rent for my apartment, so i was payingrent there and rent here where i work.>> sales of her plants dropped substantially, and her financialsituation worsened. she ended up on the street.>> i left crying. the furniture i had, i gaveaway. i threw away other purses offurniture because i could not bring anything with me.>> she has been living in the only thing she has left, a carthat she parks outside the nursery.>> its not easy. sometimes it is very hot.sometimes if i want to feel cool air, i will go to the can cool off there a little bit.not having anywhere to go, she works seven days a week, raisingand selling her plants. she has to get water from anunderground well, and she does it with a pump that runs ongasoline. she fills these barrels with ahose, and when it gets dark, since there is no light here,she bathes. >> the sun heats up my water,and sometimes if it is called, i will heat -- if its cold, iwill heat it up on a burner. >> per day ends at 10:00 p.m.and she settles in the backseat of her car, where she sleeps.>> i sleept -- i sleep there, but it is hard because youre inthe same position all night. that is not easy.>> her only companion is a little bird that spends thenight with her. night feels eternal.>> if it is a little cool, i will open the four windows andthe air will circulate. but sometimes there are a lot ofmosquitoes, so i have to close the windows.>> one day she tried sleeping outside, but she had a surprise.>> i fell asleep and suddenly i felt like, i guess there was asnake that was about to leave. >> the next morning, as she didevery day, she left her improvised bedroom op --bedroom, opened the nursery, and she had a tea that she makeswith the herbs she plants. >> if it is raining, i getshelter here. >> she feeds chickens that thisend from two chickens that were given to her.thanks to them she has eggs to eat, which she prepares here.she also is nourished by the fruit of the field.she sweetens her days with sugarcane.but she says there are many nights when she goes to bedhungry. >> its vey -- very sad.very sad to go hungry. i experienced hunger as a as an adult, i am experiencing it is not easy to sleep with an empty stomach.its very sad. >> all virus -- elvira has knownmaria for about 16 years. she was a farmworker for decadesand is now part of the national alliance of farmworkers.>> when i met her, she would go work in the fields.tomato, beans, okra, which is all year.and after her job, she would come work where i worked.>> she says that you know who your true friends are whencircumstances are difficult. >> there are very few friendswho will lend a hand when they see you have nothing.they disappear. >> she says that maria alwaysfinds the strength to keep going.>> she is very hard-working, and that is what hurts me, becauseshe really struggles. >> she does not just missmaterial things, she also carries a burden of guilt.her children in mexico have let her know.>> they say that i abandoned them, that i was not with themat school, or graduation day, mothers day, i was never there.>> she feels impotent and wishes to help her friend.>> i would like for her to live with dignity.>> maria says that it was not worth it.she hopes to sell her plants and returned to mexico.she does not know if her children will accept her.>> i would like to go by the end of the be with my family. the last years or days of mylife, i hope to finish them there.>> for now, she wants to spend her days working the land, whichalthough it is not hers, has allowed her to plant her dreams.>> thanks to the help of money, maria now has a roof over herhead. she is hoping to sell the plantsin her nursery and returned to mexico.hopefully her dreams will come true.will be back. >> when we return, they wereliving the♪ >> last may, we told you aboutthousands of travelers around the world who were stranded whenflights were stopped because of covid-19.many had to also deal with visas expiring.angie sandoval met a couple of globetrotters were stuck in theunited states because of the pandemic.>> they traveled with a whale in mexico.they walked on glaciers in, they are condemned to this. >> normally, we have differentvisas, but now it is a parking lot.>> aldo and his wife vera were living the dream of everyglobetrotter when coronavirus interfered.he was born in italy and she was born in all day via -- in moldevia, but they had been spending time in a shoppingcenter in south florida. arent you afraid?>> we look for places like with fewer, the store is closed. >> their home is a car that theyhave used to travel. the equivalent of going aroundthe world five times. >> we are lucky, because imaginethe people who are not working. they have a lot more problems.>> that way of seeing the world is what they say has allowedthem to adapt to this and other misfortunes during theiradventure. >> the situation is difficult,but for us, it is very important that we are together.and we want to achieve our dream.we do not want to think about the future.we do not know what the future holds.>> aldos dream, a professional chef, and veras dream, atechnology specialist, began four years ago in england.>> we did not want to be in that vicious cycle, you know, whereyou work, live, and live to one day, they quit their jobs and they sold their belongingsto travel the world together. >> you can make money, but moneyis -- but time is going to pass and you will never get it back.>> that is why in july of 2016, they began their journey.>> this is the map we have with our route.we left england in 2016, we went to eastern europe, to the north,norway. >> aldo says his family in italydid not think he would get very far.>> my father would say no, no, two might make it to russia, and then you will come back.>> he was wrong. ♪>> camping in parks and bathing in hostels, theytraveled to europe, russia, asia, machu picchu, everycountry in latin america, canada, the united states.>> in alaska, we were fishing salmon, making caviar ourselves.never thought we would do that. we saw the aurora was something beautiful we had never seen before.we were able to walk on glaciers.>> all this on this mobile home they call toto.>> its an english vehicle with a steering wheel on the left.>> we have a bed here. this is where we sleep.if its hot, we open the windows.these are our water tanks. this is hot water, this iscoldwater. here is the shower.>> when were in the city it is a little more complicated,because obviously we cannot do that.>> yay! >> they say that wherever theyare, they need to eat, and that is for them one of the pleasuresof the trip. >> where are we at?>> what can you cook? >> we can cook anything.i chef -- i am a chef. >> their trip throughout theworld was something without any problems.>> you are never robbed? >> no, never.>> but nothing is perfect. last march, the day beforeleaving for south africa. >> we were ready to go.we had the plane tickets. >> they found out that becauseof the coronavirus pandemic, they would have to remain inflorida until further notice. >> what was your reaction youfound out that coronavirus had interrupted your trip?>> yes, well, everything happened from one day to thenext. we did not know how to get outof that situation. >> for aldo, the worst was notthe sudden change in plans, but news that things in italy, wherehis parents lived, were not good.>> people at first didnt think the virus was worrisome, butthen the situation changed in my whole family is locked up attheir home. >> while the apple awaitsdocuments to be able to leave the united states and send theircar, they say life is getting more and more difficult.their vidasa to be in this count has expired, and they have tochange parking lots every day to avoid drawing attention fromsecurity guards. but despite this, they see lifeoptimistically. isnt it uncomfortable to livein a car? >> eh, it might need a spirit of adaptation. but people actually do not needvery much. >> sitting on the pavement inflorida, they spend their days wondering what they will do whenthey arrive in africa, their next destination.>> we hope to go to that continent so we can get ageneral view of the entire world.>> they also think about the places they have traveled.>> what have you learned during this trip?>> everyone is the same. we all have fears, we all have aplace where we have to work. we came to understand that thereare many more good people in the world than bad people.there are more people willing to help.>> according to aldo, during this long trip, the biggestlesson is what he learned from his father.>> at first he would say to me, you, you need to build a life,have a house, work, all that. but after all this time, he saysto me, aldo, you are doing something very good, because nowits your life. you are can do that. you can always make can always build a life. ♪>> a lot has happened since these young people left the u.s.also and vero traveled -- and vera traveled through italybefore they had to have their car repaired.when they can travel once again, they hope to go to africa to see>> that is what we have on tap for next wishes these holidays. >> on behalf of everyone at aquiy ahora, we wish you a very, very merry christmas.

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