Blanca Luz Esmeraldes Loon Garcia, 72, is comforted by her daughter-in-law Maria Alexandra Ponce Barralos as she lies in her home in Nueva Quebedo outside Sushufindi. Blanca has suffered from cancer for 4 years after developing a tumor, which grew from a small mark on her body to a large open hole in her body. Her husband Augusto Valdiviezo Gomez, a campasino, recalls living near a small river that passed by station 40 where Texaco operated. He said they would dump chemicals into the stream and at one point he lost 26 of his cows due to the contamination. Blanca has a vitamin IV because she can no longer eat. A doctor visited the family but said there was little he could do to help. Many of the residents of the contaminated region and those most effected by Texaco’s practices have unfortunately already died or will most likely not be around to see any change, if it comes.