My Son's name is Yariel Sotolongo. He was born prematurely on the 33rd week of pregnancy. During his birth he suffered a Hypoxic Stroke ( lack of oxygen to the brain ) and it left him severely brain damaged. He was in the Nicu for a total of 72 days with non stop seizures and induced in Comas with very dangerous medications and breathing / feeding tubes. Still nothing stopped the seizures. So we stopped medicating. Doctors said he would never be more than a vegetable and he would need a nurse and medical equiptment to live. He would never walk or talk or know who we were .....that didnt stop me! To go home He had to eat and breathe alone so i taught him to suck and he started breathing on his own. So we came home. He has been in therapies and has improved tremendously but he has trouble following with his eyes and being aware of his surroundings. He is non verbal and He has Cerebral Palsy. There is no cure for his disease and we dont know what the future holds. We do know that there is some hope. With therapies, certain treatments and miracles, things can get better. We are starting a fundraiser to help give Yariel a Stem Cell Treatment. The cost for one treatment is $30,000. This is the only thing that can help us see a better outcome. It is proven that stem cells assist in the development of neurons. This will help him develop parts of his brain which are partially functioning or not functioning at all. Please help us give Yariel the treatment and chance he so desperately deserves!