"Nothing happens until something moves" -Albert Einstein
Dr. Lourdes Vizcarra
Lourdes Vizcarra, M.D. (Lourdes Vizcarra Wurzel) is the mother of four amazing children: Gabriela, Sebastian, Julius and Katerina; her greatest loves. On September 2018, her son, Sebastian, “Beautiful Boy”, who was medically fragile, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, two months before his 13th birthday. He was, and still is, one of her greatest mentors. She always says that the most important letters after her name are “Mamí”, not “M.D.”.
Sebastian’s sweet disposition, patience, resilience, ability to work hard during all of his therapy sessions and his way of taking in all that life sent his way in stride, was admirable. He never complained, even when it was obvious that he was in pain. Everyone who met him, feel instantly in love. His parting broke hearts across the globe. He was love incarnate.
As Sebastian’s mamí, Lourdes became his voice/arms/legs, nurse, therapist, teacher, care coordinator, advocate and anything else that was called for. Life with Sebastian taught her that the current systems in place were lacking in services that were so needed in assuring his quality of life. Having experienced the lack of services, she was driven to bring about changes, not only for her family and son, but for all families in New Mexico. She is of the strong belief that our current system, which is still lacking in so many areas, could learn so much from Sebastian and other children like him.
There is no possible way to convey who Sebastian was, still is, nor what he means to his family. His life/presence brought an incredible community into his family’s life, from early intervention, the NM School for the Blind and Visually Impaired to Special Education and home health services. Each day she endeavors to keep his legacy alive in all she does in our community.
She is a family medicine physician and currently works with UNM Medical Group Locum Tenens Program.