Juan Puerto Lagarza
After a short stay in Matecumbe, on April 18, 1962, I boarded a flight with my younger brother and older sister, along with other Cuban children . Our destinations were orphanages in St. Louis, Missouri; Denver, Colorado and Helena, Montana.
As our plane banked at the Stapleton Airport in Denver, we thought the city had burned, as the trees had no leaves and the snow on the ground was grey and appeared to be ashes.
My brother, Jose and I stayed at the St. Vincentís Home For Boys, and our sister, Consuelo, stayed at the Queen of Heaven Orphanage a mile away. Cuban boys at St. Vincentís, who had sisters in Queen of Heaven, were allowed to walk over and visit them once a month, weather permitting.
I graduated from the University of Colorado, received a medical degree from Michigan State University, and now practice medicine in southwest Florida.