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Health Services To Be Restored To Families Of Hermosillo ABC Daycare Victims

Family members of the tragic 2009 ABC Daycare fire in Hermosillo, Sonora, will again be able to access health services through the federal social security system.

That fire claimed the lives of 49 young children and injured more than 100 others in June 2009. In the wake of the incident, victims and their family members got access to healthcare and other services from the Mexican Social Security Institute, or IMSS in Spanish.

Services for family members were suspended in November in response to a federal investigation of alleged irregularities.

“The National Center for Human rights told IMSS that, whether or not there was an investigation into irregularities, the service should not have been suspended,” said Julio Cesar Marquez, whose son of the same name was killed in the fire.

High-level administrators have told local outlets that service has been restored, though Marquez said he has not seen evidence of that yet.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.