Maria is 65 years. Many come to visit her in her cozy home in the former colony of Itaboraí (Rio), including their children and grandchildren. They say he cooks better than anyone. Marcelino Rodriguez presented the work "Frequency of leprosy in the State of Maranhão" in the VII Brazilian Congress of Medicine held in Rio de Janeiro in 1918, where he observed that leprosy is distributed in the plain of Maranhão, between the rivers and Turyassú Itapecuru, and stresses that half of the state sul formed by the High Sertão, no cases.