Caged for 15 years – naked!
A MENTALLY ILL woman was found in a cage after being locked up for 15 years.
DORA ALICIA MENDEZ HUERVO, 55, has been found naked in a cage with her right leg missing – she had been locked in for 15 years. She was found in the municipality of Minatitlan, in the southern Mexican state of Veracruz. Dora reportedly suffers from schizophrenia and was found completely naked inside the cage. Reports suggest her relatives had kept her locked up for so long to stop her becoming aggressive.
Dora is said to have lost her right leg after jumping from the second floor of a building and has been accused of burning down both of her sisters’ houses. According to local media, the reason she was naked was because she often tears up her clothes.
Manuel Aburto Vandala, director of the health department in the municipality, says,
“She was totally abandoned in inhumane conditions. This lack of freedom should be argued with properly and we need to see the reasons behind it. But they are definitely not conditions a human being should endure.” Vandala tried to talk to her, but the years being locked in the cage appeared to have left her without the ability to understand the doctor or communicate with him.
Dora had reportedly been previously hospitalised in two psychiatric centres, but the family did not have the resources to pay for her recovery process.
Vandala said that he had not previously known about the case and that local residents had not reported the case in order to avoid problems with her relatives. Dora will be evaluated in a psychiatric institute, and according to reports, they have made an agreement with her family that she will stay in their home in improved conditions.
‘REPORTS suggest her relatives had kept her locked up for so long to stop her becoming aggressive.’