In October 2013, Camila Brusotti entered the San Juan (Cimyn) hospital in serious condition. In September 2000, Nicolás Flores had a traffic accident that left him on the brink of death. At the time, they were eight years old and 11 months old respectively. So far, two isolated events that later came together because the relatives of both prayed to a Cordovan priest and saved their lives. Since then they have been known as the priest Brochero’s miracle boys and their cases silenced science.
After a long investigation process, the church verified the two miracles and Pope Francis canonized the priest José Gabriel Brochero (1840-1914) in October 2016 during a mass in San Pedro Square, making him the first saint to be born. lived and died in Argentina.
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The priest Brochero was canonized by Pope Francis in 2016. (Photo: Twitter / @karcher_karcher).
The story of Nicolás Flores, the first miracle of the priest Brochero
On September 28, 2000, Nicolás Flores, who was 11 months old, was traveling by car with his family to Mina Clavero, Córdoba, where they planned to spend the weekend. On Route 34, in Falda del Cañete, a van without lights crossed the lane and rammed the vehicle in which he, his mother Sandra, his father Osvaldo and his grandparents were traveling.
“Nico had started to walk and we wanted to show him to his grandparents. That’s why we went in my dad’s car (we didn’t have one) which was the one he was driving at the time of the accident. Next to him was my husband and behind were my mother and I with Nico upa ”, recalled Sandra Violino, Nicolás’s mother, in dialogue with TN.
Nicolás in his father’s arms before the accident. (Photo: TN).
At that moment everything was darkness, uncertainty, despair and panic. Although the woman does not remember anything of what happened after the impact, she recounts in detail what happened through what her husband told her.
“My dad died instantly, my husband was the only one unharmed and Nico ended up badly hurt. I think he hit the bumper of the car and the front seat. Two people died from the other vehicle, ”he explained.
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After the accident, the firefighters who were in charge of rescuing the injured arrived at the scene and then the ambulances. “A girl named Analía also arrived who helped Nico. At that time my son suffered his first cardiac arrest. The others were in the ambulance and in the hospital.”
Nicolás with Analía, the young woman who gave him first aid after the accident. (Photo: TN).
Nicolás was the one who suffered the most serious injuries. He underwent surgery and the doctors gave him little hope of life. However, clinging to faith, Osvaldo entrusted his son to the priest Brochero. The truth is that after 30 days, the baby was discharged.
“The neurosurgeon told us that it was a miracle and asked us to give him a lot of love. On the bed where he was we put a picture of the priest Brochero. My son did nothing. He had no expression on his face, he just swallowed and tears fell. Shortly after being discharged, we took him to a rehabilitation center where he began the road to recovery”, Sandra recalled.
Nicolás with his father and an image of the priest Brochero. (Photo: TN).
Nicolás had no problems studying, he finished primary school, secondary school and has not yet decided if he will continue studying.
The link of this family with Brochero goes back many years, because Sandra’s great-grandparents helped the priest, at that time, with the construction of a chapel in Traslasierra, in Córdoba.
Nicolás with his father Osvaldo and his mother Sandra. (Photo: TN).
Nicolás is 23 years old and is currently doing an internship in the Municipality of the town of Cura Brochero. In dialogue with TN, he said that despite being Brochero’s first miracle, he does not feel special.
The young man traveled to Rome for Brochero’s canonization, and he remembers that moment as something exciting. “My family and I took the offerings to the altar where Pope Francis was, who gave us his blessing. I will never forget that day because it was very exciting for us. I know what happened to me, because my parents were telling me.”
Nicolás Flores with Pope Francisco, at the canonization ceremony of Brochero (TN File).
In addition, the young man said that he met Camila Brusotti, the other girl from the miracle awarded to Brochero. “I don’t feel special because of what happened to me, because I’m not the only miracle in Brochero.”
To finish, Sandra explained that her son had some motor sequelae. “Sometimes it is difficult for him to put together a sentence, but what he wants to say is well understood. I am convinced that over the years, Brochero has performed small miracles that have accompanied Nicolás on the road to recovery.”
Nicolás celebrating the soccer world championship. (Photo: TN).
Camila Brusotti, the girl from the second miracle of Brochero
On October 30, 2013, Camila Brusotti entered the San Juan hospital in serious condition after suffering a brutal beating. The most encouraging prognosis was that she would remain in a vegetative state and only a miracle could be expected.
The girl, who was eight years old at the time, was taken away by her mother and stepfather, who told doctors that she had fallen from a horse. After reviewing her, the professionals found old-time bruises and injuries, for which they presumed that the girl was beaten and filed the complaint.
Camila, the girl from the second miracle awarded to the priest Brochero. (Photo: TN Archive).
Javier, the girl’s father, found out days later about the desperate situation his daughter was in, like the rest of the family. “With my ex-wife we had separated a while ago. And because of the visiting regime established by the court, I couldn’t see her very often. What’s more, before she was hospitalized she hadn’t been with me for a long time because of her mother’s decision. I suspect that she did this because Camila was already beaten and she wanted to hide it, ”explained the man in dialogue with TN.
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Regarding the severity of her daughter’s condition, she recalled that the doctors told her that she had between 48 and 72 hours to live: “At that moment I began to ask Brochero and Marina, Camila’s grandmother, too.” The girl’s case mobilized all of San Juan where prayer chains were also made.
Javier with his daughter Camila, the baby of the second miracle of the priest Brochero. (Photo: TN Archive).
With anguish, Javier remembered that after those 72 hours, although Camila was still alive, she had no improvement. “I was always with her. Her mother could also enter the hospital room to see her until she was prohibited from entering her because through the machines to which she was connected, the professionals realized that when she saw her mother she would get nervous,” she detailed.
The truth is that shortly after Camila was discharged, and the doctors spoke of a miracle. She immediately began rehabilitation and currently she is in her fifth year of high school. She lives with her father and she has never had contact with her mother since she was released last year after being imprisoned.
Camila is 17 years old and is about to finish high school. (Photo: TN).
“Although my case was a miracle, I don’t feel special,” said the 17-year-old teenager in dialogue with TN. And she wants to continue studying singing and dancing, her two passions. Laughing, she said that she doesn’t have a boyfriend and she explained: “With my friends we go to the mall for a walk and I can’t go dancing because I’m a minor.”
Moved, she said that she is aware of what she experienced and is grateful to her father and her grandparents, Marina and Raúl, who were the first to pray to Brochero so that he could get out of the hospital. “Brochero heard them,” she said convinced.
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As part of the rehabilitation, Camila goes to the pool and the gym to recover her motor skills. “These were the consequences that the beatings left him. Also, she visits a neurologist and is somewhat immature, but she is cognitively fine. I see her happy and content most of the time and that fills my soul,” Javier explained.
Camila proudly shows the 10 she got in an Economics evaluation. (Photo: TN).
The convictions of Camila’s mother and her stepfather
Alejandra Ríos and Pedro Oris, were sentenced at first instance to six and nine years in prison. But, years later, the San Juan Court of Justice increased the sentences to almost double.
In this way, the court made up of ministers Adolfo Caballero, Ángel Medina Pala and José Soria Vega increased the years of sentence for Ríos from six to 10 and from nine to 17 those that had been applied to Oris in a previous oral trial.
Pedro Oris and Alejandra Ríos, Camila’s stepfather and mother. (Photo: The Capital).
The original conviction of Oris was for the crime of very serious injuries, aggravated by the bond and by gender violence; aggravated minor injuries; but the Court of San Juan added the figure of abandonment of a person in the degree of co-author together with the girl’s mother.
In the case of Ríos, the highest local court considered that the previous sentence did not correctly take into account all the aspects of the sentences and only evaluated the favorable aspects and not the aggravating factors, such as the age of the minor, the situation of mistreatment and the seriousness of the girl’s health due to the blows received, for which the sentence was raised.
Javier said that Camila did not see her mother again and that she is very respectful of her daughter’s decision. “Every so often he names her, but if she asks me to see her, I will agree to her because I did not sow hatred in my daughter. She will know if she forgave her or not. It is difficult for me to forgive her and I consider that she should be imprisoned for life, ”he emphasized.
Camila and Nicolás were in Rome at Brochero’s canonization ceremony
Brochero was beatified in September 2013 and canonized in October 2016. Camila and Nicolás fulfilled their wish to attend the ceremony led by Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Camila, Nicolás and their relatives in the Vatican during Brochero’s canonization. (Photo: Huarpe newspaper).
They both traveled with their families and remember that moment as very exciting. Javier recounted that her daughter brought many letters from her classmates that she gave to Pope Francis, and he promised to read them. “Camila told the Pope that she wanted the things that had happened to her not to happen to anyone. We spent about 15 minutes with him, it was a very moving moment for everyone and he gave us blessed rosaries”, she concluded.
Camila Brusotti in her meeting with Pope Francis. (Photo: Saint John 8).