PATRON SAINT "DOCTOR OF THE POOR" (MEDICO DE LOS POBRES)
Dr. José Gregorio Hernández was born in the Andean state of Trujillo on Oct. 26, 1864, and spent much of his life in Caracas, where he studied and practiced medicine. He was well-known as a holy, devout, charitable man, and is known as “the doctor of the poor” because he routinely treated needy patients for free. Hernández died on June 29, 1919, after leaving the nearby pharmacy where he stopped to buy medicines, because his patient did not have the means or resources to obtain them. In a rush to deliver the medicine, he did not see a car taking the curve at full speed and was struck. The impact threw him into the air and his head hit the edge of the sidewalk. Before dying, he was only able to cry out, “Santísima Virgen” After his death, Hernández' stature began to reach mythic proportions. People around the country started claiming to have been granted miracles after praying for his intercession to God. José Gregorio is usually depicted dressed in a black suit with a high-brimmed felt hat and a mustache, his hands behind his back. His remains are held at La Candelaria church in central Caracas.
HEIGHT: 5" IN / 12.7 CM
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