A book for my operation

Can you please send this message to as many people as possible so Marcos has the best chance of walking again!

Virginia, Marcos' mother, has written a book to finance Marcos' operation in the US.

It is based on an idea of Lucas Baró, of ´Comando Jaza´, who provided the beautiful illustrations.

The e-book is available through any voluntary contribution on this platform and I will send you a link to download it by email after your donation.

Hello! I'm Marcos and I'm 8 years old. Joost and Virginia are my parents and I have a brother, Alexander.
On June 19, 2018, exactly 2 years ago, I became ill. My back got infected with a virus. I couldn't move, not even breathe, and had to go straight to the hospital.

49022710_1592849112533556_r.jpegAfter two months of intensive care I was taken to a special hospital in Toledo where I had to stay for 8 months and do all kinds of exercises.

49022710_1592849360351960_r.jpegHello! I'm Joost, Marcos' father.
The virus that Marcos has had is the Enterovirus 68 that has led to acute flaccid myelitis (AFM, a new kind of polio), and was first discovered in the US in 2014. 
Approximately 75% of Marcos' central nerve centre is affected.
We temporarily moved to Portugal for the best possible treatment. Here Marcos gets 3 hours of intensive physiotherapy a day. Heavy and painful, but with his desire to be able to walk again and an enormous willpower, he is always going a little bit forward.

49022710_1592850085900948_r.jpegWe are enormously proud of our SuperMarcos and his relentless dedication, as young as he is. However, it would be very supportive for him if more of his muscles could function...
In the USA we have discovered a doctor, Amy Moore, specialized in this disease, who has operated on many children since 2016 with good and hopeful results (see Dr. Amy Moore's letter below). She performs nerve transfers, connecting the nerves that are still receiving signal to the disabled muscles.
However, this has to be done as soon as possible, otherwise these muscles will no longer work.

Here you can read Dr. Amy Moore's positive and hopeful letter:

Marcos needs all the help he can get to pay for this operation and hopefully to be able to walk again.
Are you with us?
It is very important that you send this message to as many people as possible so that Marcos has the best chance of this operation!

On behalf of Marcos and his family: thank you very much for your support and help!


You can follow Marcos on Instagram:  @marcos_de_jager

And Joost can reach you on Facebook / Messenger:   https://www.facebook.com/joost.dejager.50 




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Organizer and beneficiary

Joost De Jager 
Heiloo, NL
Virginia Rey 
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