Retired Roswell middle school teacher Andrea Tafoya shows a photo of her son, Fidel Alarcon, on Wednesday. Alarcon, who is in need of an emergency liver transplant, has seen his weight drop from 310 pounds to a little more than 160 pounds in the past year, Tafoya said. (Randal Seyler Photo)
Fidel Alarcon is dying.
The 27-year-old Roswell man’s liver is shutting down, and doctors do not know if he has weeks, or days, left before his condition claims his life.
“He’s very well-known by the people of the community,” said his mother, Andrea Tafoya, a retired Roswell middle school teacher. “He grew up here and he worked for years at the north Sonic and at the Taco Bell on West Hobbs.”
Alarcon graduated from Roswell High School in 2004, and he has worked his entire adult life here in his hometown — until January 2013, when he was diagnosed with liver failure.
“If a transplant doesn’t come through in time, he is going to perish,” Tafoya said. “The doctors can’t say if he has days or weeks left, this is Login to read more