The Mendez National Institute of Transplantation (MNIT) created and produced Fixing Paco, an innovative telenovela-style webseries, in order to provide engaging and culturally relevant educational information on organ transplantation to Latinos and those suffering from end-stage renal disease (ESRD). With a generous grant by the UniHealth Foundation, Fixing Paco was shot in both English and Spanish, and follows the fictional Fuentes family’s triumph in battling kidney failure.
Designed to augment the One-on-One Kidney Transplant Education Program and complementing the program’s teaching sessions, each episode of Fixing Paco informs dialysis patients and their families about the treatment options of transplantation, living donation, and being proactive with their health.
Fixing Paco Series Description
A Story of Family, Big Decisions and Second Chances
Paco Fuentes is a man with a full life. As a loving husband, father of four, and a handyman with a thriving business, Paco’s motto is always, “You broke it. I fix it!” But when his health begins to decline due to kidney failure, Paco must confront the disease that will change his life, and finally accept that he is now the one who needs to be fixed. Following the Fuentes family’s very real trials and tribulations in dealing with Paco’s illness, each episode of Fixing Paco educates dialysis patients and their families about the treatment option of kidney transplantation, living donation, and being proactive in healthcare. Shot in English and Spanish, Fixing Paco is a groundbreaking series that cuts through language barriers, delivering a message of hope, as Paco triumphs in battling his disease, and learns to live again.