By December of that year, Milagros was still defying the odds. Dr. Rubio reported to the BBC, “Milagros’ condition is stable, but she’ll need continued treatment and surgery for the next 10 to 15 years.” The long list of treatment she still needed included separation of her legs up to her pelvis, internal organ reconstruction and surgery on her feet.
Dr. Rubio continued to lead the charge on making Milagros’ life a better one. In September of 2006, she headed into the hospital for another surgery, helmed by her lifelong doctor. As she walked into the medical center, she blew kisses and waved to the crowds that had gathered to wish her luck.