Patients will find relief in the butterfly house inside Hospital Mexico

First butterflies are about to see the light in a space that tries to imitate the environment of the tropical rain forest

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Walking through the area of Surgery and Orthopedics, in the outpatient clinic of Hospital Mexico, there is a pavilion that breaks everything.

Inside, flowers, ferns and a faint artificial drizzle help to simulate the rainforest environment. It is the butterfly garden. It's called Alas.

In one corner, 50 pupae wait. From there, the first butterflies that will fly through this artificial forest will soon emerge, to become relief for hundreds of patients who visit that hospital.

Hospital Mexico is one of the three general hospitals of the third level, and the one with the largest service network in the country, with more than two million inhabitants under its responsibility.

The initiative of this health center, supported by the Foundation Funcavida (Foundation Quality of Life for People with Cancer), will be released soon.

It is an attempt to make the time the sick spend there a less tense, more pleasant moment.

Hospital Mexico develops several initiatives in that direction: music therapy for hospitalized patients, videos that give to families who have just had a child there, and ice cream for women who are about to give birth.

Although everyone can enjoy the space, the initiative aims primarily to benefit cancer patients and their families, the population to which the actions of Funcavida are directed.

According to the hospital in a press release, butterflies therapy is used in special education schools and hospitals as a source of relaxation.

Other hospitals of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) with mariposarios are Carlos Luis Valverde Vega, in San Ramón (Alajuela), and the National Psychiatric Hospital, in Pavas, San José.