Veronica Marcela Pacheco Perez-Palma, ‘Verito’ for her friends, was born in December 7, 1979, in Lima-PERU. Primo and Veronica are her parents. Primo Ricardo (1981) and Renato (1990) are her younger brothers.
When she was two years old, she was diagnosed as being deeply mentally challenged, due to her hyperactivity, lack of attention, absence of language and signs of brain immaturity at the electroencephalogram (EEG). Nevertheless, this “disability” doesn’t count with an etiologic diagnosis, since there is no lab evidence, without doubt, the origin of the mental disability.
She received neurological treatment channelled to control her hyperkinetic behaviour, without obtaining significant results. It was suspended. It was presumed the existence of thyroid dysfunction, due to family history and the immaturity observed in the EEG. Because of this reason she was given thyroid hormones when she was around four years old. Coincidence or not, Verito started to talk a few months later, approximately when she was four and a half. Her first words were ‘balloon’ and ‘chicken’.
Besides her therapeutic development, the care of her emotional development was added. Verito has an outgoing personality that ignores the meaning of shyness, in the same way as she ignores the meanings of titles, ranks and status; for her, we are all equal and friends. She waves, hugs and kisses without discrimination.
Verito is a human being with a very sociable character, lovely, affectionate, friendly, happy and joyful. She lives happy in her world of colours, papers, pencils, dolls, balloons, music and friends. She loves to attend social meetings, shows, going out, being surrounded by friends, sharing her joy and enjoying with them the vehement moment of trying to acquire (from them) the objects that she prices the most: balloons, music, food, pens/or and pencils.
Her memory is amazing. She recalls data from before she pronounced her first words, such as names, birth dates and phone numbers of her friends and teachers of her first special educational centre to which she attended when she was three and a half years old. She can remember birth dates, addresses, phones, songs for several years. She has an amazing ability to recognize and find her own way in the city streets, to identify the day of the week of a birthdate and to recognize the combination of colours that compose a section of a painting.
She keeps active her learning ability, her interest for all stuff, which allows her to keep improving her behaviour and skills. Verito is small and chubby, but she is not concerned about it at all, she sees herself as a stylized and stylish person, just like the characters of her paintings.
She lives without fears, shames, guilt’s or sadness. The explanation of that mystery of hers is in the coexistence of a teenager that doesn’t abandons a wonderful world of innocence, to which in some way we can accede when we look at her art. This is how God wants us: innocent, fearless and happy.