Luca's Medical fund

Our story starts on November 7, 2014 when our little warrior was born 3 months premature. At the time of his birth, Luca weighed a devastating 1 lb 13 ozs and had to be placed on a ventilator because his tiny lungs weren't yet developed enough to work on their own.

 As in most premature births, Luca had multiple complications. He was diagnosed with NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis - a bacteria that attacks the intestinal tract)
on November 10, 2014. He battled his way through that and then shortly after recovering from NEC, we found out that he needed a heart murmur operation which was performed on November 25, 2014.

During this whole time my wife Melissa and I lived at the hospital. Looking back, I'm not sure how we got through it. Days and nights blended as we traded off shifts at home and at the hospital. We slept, ate, breathed in a sea of procedures and diagnoses. The beacon that kept us going was this glowing spirit of a boy that battled through it all without complaining.

Luca has also had double hernia operations, a feeding tube surgically inserted into his stomach to help provide the nutrition he needed... It's been a long road since his birth and we may be dealing with other complications that haven't even made themselves known yet.

Three months ago, Luca was diagnosed with a small brain bleed which affected the white matter of his brain. This injury manifests as stiffness of his limbs and difficulty learning things a normal child would at this point in his life. We have been told that his issues could develop into a form of cerebral palsy, but no one has any real answers.

Through all these trials and tribulations in Luca's young life, he just keeps smiling and pushing on.  It breaks my heart to see my son struggle. He never asked for any of this, he has never stopped fighting and neither will we.

 We want the best for our son and are hitting the wall financially. Since his birth, my wife has had to quit her job and become a 24/7 care person for our little guy. Until recently we were ok, but our savings have now been depleted to pay bills. I am trying my hardest to cover two salaries, but it's just not working. 

I would have never thought I would be asking for help this way, but pride is worth less to me than security for Luca. 

Any help in the form of your donations is gratefully welcomed. This is our last line of help before we start to lose what we need to provide a healthy environment for our son.

Luca had no say in the manner of his birth, but we're so grateful he is here, despite the struggle. He has brought so much love and so many valuable lessons to Melissa and I about what truly matters - compassion, patience and never taking anything for granted.  

Any help you can give us would be greatly appreciated.
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Joshua Giamporcaro 
Audubon, NJ
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