This is their story:
Throughout the month of October my son Chris kept getting really high fevers that we couldn't break. We kept taking him to his pediatrician and she would say it was just a virus. November rolled around and he was still sick. Back to the pediatrician we went and that's when she said my son had walking pneumonia. We did everything they wanted us to do and at the end of the month we took him back to the pediatricians office because he still was not getting better. She then told us he now had pneumonia on both lungs.
He had another appointment the middle of December with his pediatrician and she said that his right lung had cleared up and that he just had pneumonia on the left lower lobe.
They referred us to a lung specialist and sent us on our way.
The lung specialist was completely booked so we had to see the nurse practitioner. But we basically received the same information the pediatrician gave us. They told me that it was just his pneumonia because it was the season and that he would probably be sick till March.
Well I knew there was something wrong and that more needed to be done. I fought and fought for us to see the actual lung specialist!!
Finally after two months of fighting they actual let me see the specialist. The specialists saw him on March 2nd and as soon as he saw the chest x-rays he said my son had pneumonia behind his heart and they needed to admit him right away.
They ordered a CT scan and it seemed like an eternity waiting for those results.
Hours later they came back to tell me that my son also had a foreign object in his esophagus and he needed emergency surgery to get it out.
So many emotions ran through my body. I was happy because we finally got the answers we had been searching for, mad because it took so long to figure out what was wrong, confused because how could his pediatrician not do more to find answers and sad because my son has suffered all these months.
Before they took my son back for surgery, the doctors told us to prepare ourselves because they didn't know if his little body was strong enough to handle the surgery.
The surgery took two hours but it seemed like forever. I waited in the waiting room with my family. The surgeon finally walked in and let us know that he was able to get the foreign object out and that it was actually a pistachio shell. Everyone was shocked.
But it was great news. The surgery went well and my son made it through just fine. I thought that everything would be fine at this point. My son would start feeling better but I was wrong.
Since the pistachio shell has been inside him for so long he developed a bad infection and inflammation in his immediate stinum. He has a hole from his esophagus to his lungs from the shell and all the drinks he has had over these months have been leaking into his lungs. He also has fluid around his heart and air in his chest cavity .
He is also fighting RSV, Rhinovirus and a fungal infection cause of it being in there for so long.
If the medication that he is on doesn't work then he will end up losing his lower lobe.
My baby boy is in critical condition and I don't know if he will end up needing long term care or not. We are just praying for him to pull through this.
We are asking for any little bit of help right now. They have told us that Baby Chris will not be leaving anytime soon.
All the medical bills are piling up and anything will help us.
Please keep praying for my son!! He needs all the prayers he can get!!
The pictures are before and after!
He was full of smiles before his first surgery and now he is on life support!
- Valerie Mendoza
- Ashley Marie
- Juan Uribe
- Makayla Grayson
- Shawn Grandazzo
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