My nephew Carlos aka “Lil Dad” was just being a normal kid, on winter break, riding his brand new bike he received for Christmas when he was struck by a car in a gruesome hit and run.
The incident is best described in this link but beware of the video which has graphic detail: http://www.ktvu.com/news/14-yo-hit-by-vehicle-near-fruitvale-bart-station-in-apparent-hit-and-run
Carlos is in critical condition but he has slowly improved. The doctors are sure he will survive but he will have a long road to recovery. He has more than 30 breaks in his bones (ribs, legs, pelvis), he had the lower lobe of his left lung removed, his ear was re-attached, he had severe internal bleeding, he has torn knee ligaments, and has so much“road rash” susceptible to infection that he’s being treated as burn victim.
This was a heinous act committed by two people but the humanity of our community has spoken loud and clear. The amount of love and support extended to Lil Dad from immediate family to strangers is as incredible as his survival. This is a volatile time for the family but the positivity that has been expressed has been crucial to keeping us afloat.
I am inspired to put together this fundraising effort because of the outpouring of willingness offered. Along with prayers, well wishes, and time needed- the recovery processes will be extremely and costly.
He will be getting amazing treatment but there will be insurance expenses, lost wages, and special needs specific to his condition.
Any contribution is welcomed with the deepest gratitude.
The official beneficiary of this campaign is Arline Prieto (mother).