Surgery for Baby Mateo

Mateo is a very sick little boy who is near and dear to our family. He is in great pain and has been suffering from Hirschsprung Disease since birth. He has been in and out of hospitals his entire life. Despite all his challenges, Mateo keeps smiling, no matter how hard his battle becomes. His mother, Elia, has promised Mateo she won’t give up on him, and neither will we.

Mateo is just five months old. Babies with Hirschsprung Disease are missing nerve cells in all or part of the large intestine. Without these nerve cells, the muscles can’t move food and waste through part of the large intestine. The intestine can become partly or fully blocked. It begins to grow larger than normal. This can cause constipation, swelling, pain and infection.

We are hoping Mateo can be helped with surgery. In the best case scenario, the surgeon will remove the part of the large intestine with the damaged nerve cells. Where possible, the healthy part of the intestine is then connected to the anus. In some cases however, the surgery must be done in two stages. The first stage is an ostomy surgery in which the diseased part of the large intestine is removed and the end of the healthy intestine is moved to an opening made in the belly – called a stoma, which is connected to a bag worn outside the body. The bag must be emptied several times a day. An ostomy may be either temporary or permanent, depending on how much of the intestine has to be removed. In the fortunate event that it is short-term, during a second operation the surgeon will connect the healed intestine to the anus and sew the stoma shut.

Surgery is the only chance Mateo has to become a healthy, pain-free little boy. The costs associated with this very specialized procedure are estimated to be $23,820. Mateo’s family simply can’t afford the cost. We are doing everything we can to help.  Any donation, no matter how small, will make a huge difference in making this sweet child better.  All donations will be used to pay for costs related to the surgery.  Thank you!

Donations

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  • Anonymous 
    • $10 (Offline)
    • 10 mos
  • Yuria Garcia  
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 10 mos
  • Luis Torres  
    • $20 (Offline)
    • 10 mos
  • Jorge Bueno 
    • $20 (Offline)
    • 11 mos
  • Monica Kozak 
    • $250 (Offline)
    • 12 mos
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Organizer

Nicolas Chater 
Organizer
New York, NY

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