Aspiring Young Doctor Vows to Save her Mother’s Life (VIDEO) Katty Jiménez Posted 9 months ago When Sergia Villegas left Mexico City and crossed the border into the United States more than 20 years ago, she never imagined that one day she would be facing death and that her daughter, Jeniffer, would apply for up to 40 scholarships in order to raise the $150,000 necessary to attend medical school, become a doctor, and attempt to save her life. Sergia and her husband came to the U.S. to give their daughters the type of education that they could not obtain in Mexico, for financial reasons. They arrived with just the clothing on their backs and a suitcase filled with hopes and dreams. The family settled in Georgia, and since then Sergia and her husband have worked in construction and house cleaning, respectively, in order to provide for their family. Jeniffer Villegas. At just eight years old, Villegas made a promise to her mother that she would find a way to cure her and save her life (Photo: MH) Not long after moving to Georgia, Sergia was diagnosed with an incurable heart condition, whose only solution is a costly surgery. Her children were very young, and the doctor’s words were: “we don’t know how much time you have left.” The experience marked Jeniffer, the younger of the two girls, and at a mere eight years of age she promised her mother she would find a cure. “It was a huge effort for them to come here with nothing and start over, so ever since I was a little girl I wanted to work hard and study to try and cure her,” said Jeniffer. Related content: Fear of ‘La Migra’ keeps Hispanic man confined at home for one year (VIDEO) $150,000, one dollar at a time Ten years later, Jennifer has not forgotten her promise. She is committed to becoming a doctor and fighting against the disease that threatens to take her mother’s life, as well as help others. To make that dream a reality, Jeniffer applied for 40 scholarships. She shared her story and her hope of saving her mother, until she was able to raise the $150,000 she will need to attend medical school. “A lot of what they gave me was $100, $500 or $1,000, but it adds up. The biggest was from the University of Macon,” she explained. Today, Jeniffer is in her first year at Mercer University, studying biology. Her one wish is that, when she completes her studies, her mother will be alive to see it.