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Mexico To Erect Statue In Honour Of Boy Who Survived Swine Flu

 

Updated : May 26, 2009

A state in eastern Mexico is to erect a statue to a small boy suspected as being the first patient of swine flu.

The statue will be modeled on the famous Manneken Pis statue of a child urinating in Brussels.

Five-year-old Edgar Hernandez appeared in media across the world after the health ministry in April confirmed that he had contracted, and overcome, the A(H1N1) virus at the start of the epidemic's outbreak here.

Hernandez's role in putting his poor village of La Gloria on the map merited recognition in the shape of a small statue -- resembling the famous Belgian landmark -- Fidel Herrera Beltran, the governor of Veracruz state in eastern Mexico, told local media on Sunday.

"La Gloria is now an important tourist destination. Next week we'll inaugurate a statue of the child Edgar Hernandez that resembles the Manneken Pis in Brussels, Belgium, for having carried out a similar exploit," Beltran said.

There are several legends behind the Manneken Pis, including one in which an infant lord urinated on enemy troops, who were eventually defeated.

The statue of Hernandez would be erected on one of the country's highest mountains, the Cofre de Perote, Beltran said.

VeryHappyPig say now there is way to turn a negative into a positive. We should follow there example.

 

 

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