Paula Durán and Sergio Vega, who were young Colombian spouses, decided to emigrate to the United States in search of new opportunities. They embarked on this adventure with their daughters, aged 4 and 9, accompanied by some friends and family.
Filled with exuberant excitement, they discovered that their third offspring was en route a few weeks later, following their journey on foot, they reached Concord, located in northern California, where they established their new home.
Sergio Vega, as a member of the Colombian national indoor soccer team, was somewhat of a prominent figure. As per an article in Semana magazine, Sergio had to depart from his homeland after he started receiving threats from criminal factions in the area, who did not approve of the positive impact this individual, along with fellow colleagues, was having on the lives of youths and children through an organization and athletic activities.
Baby Juan José, referred to as such by his father, was born on November 28th of the previous year, defying the odds as a resilient symbol of life, despite the numerous health challenges faced by Paula. In response to the critical conditions she was dealing with, the medical professionals determined that an urgent cesarean section was necessary. Paula received the diagnosis of a four-centimeter brain tumor, along with preeclampsia and pancreatitis, during a prenatal examination after experiencing several instances of discomfort, when she was thirty-four weeks into her pregnancy.