Fight for Antonio Aguilar
Please help LOVING FAMILY as their active, full of life 15 year old Son/ Brother Antonio Giovanni Aguilar fights for his life at the UI children's hospital. On April 21st 2017 Antonio was a passenger in a car that lost control and rolled numerous times, ejecting Antonio out of the back window. As you can imagine this is a family’s and parents worst nightmare. Antonio is being treated for severe brain trauma and other complications that have arisen. Doctors are predicting this will be a long term recovery for Antonio. Family and Friends have a lot of faith and hope that miracles can happen, and Antonio will awake soon so we can see those Big Brown Eyes. We pray that Antonio has a healthy speeding reocory.
Please help us lift the financial stress off Lingo- Aguilar family. Anyone that knows Dina knows that she is the most giving and Loving Mother, Daughter and an amazing Friend that will go out of her way to help others. Even a perfect stranger. Let’s pay it forward..... For Dina's family.
Dina is a single Mother of 5, and the care taker for her father. Dina has been unable to work since the accident as she needs to be by Antonio’s side. We are asking everyone for your donations. Your donations will be used for immediate monthly living expenses, to help keep a roof over her families head. Expenses to care for her other 3 children and father that live in the home. Donations will also go towards any medical expenses.... etc.... Any donation will help reach our goal for the Lingo - Aguilar family. Please still continue to pray for Antonio and his family, who Love him so much!
Below is an update from Dina herself:
"After 63 days Antonio is going home. It is so bitter sweet. So happy to take him home so nervous for him to start this next chapter. He will continue with outpatient therapy. He is stronger every day. God has blessed us with this amazing chance and I will do my best to live up to the expectations he has for.us. our family has been changed forever. Thank you does not even begin to explain the gratitude I feel for all our support may god bless all of you. This journey has taught me so much but overall it really is the little things in life. You all are in our prayers. I continue to pray for patience for all of us through 5his transition. Antonio has a long way to go but he can now do that from HOME!xoxoxoxoxoxo "
Love Antonio's girls!
So it has been a long 5 days since the last update with a lot of great things happening. Most importantly there haven't been many setbacks therefore Antonio is on his way to recovery.
This past weekend his sisters and mother got to spend a lot of time together as a family. Probably the most since the accident. He rested well after his surgery and even got to see one of his best friends and girlfriend. We think he enjoyed it based off how many times he raised his eyebrows and tried to smirk and squeeze hands. We have one heck of a fighter and strong boy on our hands without a doubt.
This week is a big week as there a many things that will be happening:
*Dina is busy on researching/interviewing rehab facilities along with being by Antonio's side as he is starting to show emotions by crying and being upset. He is still unable to speak but the tears and way he looks at us all tells us he is scared, nervous and sad.
*Antonio's goals this week are to remove the temporary trach tube that was placed in surgery last Friday and place the permanent one so he can start moving more he wont have to go back in the OR for this it will be done at his bedside. We are anxious to see if he will be able to speak to us! This will happen sometime between Wednesday and Friday this week.
*One of Antonio's sisters Elia will turn 17 on the 24th as well is wrapping up her junior year of High School so please help and make her birthday great by reaching out to her and letting her know she's so special and such a great sister, friend, aunt and daughter.
* His sisters Isabella, Amaya and niece Meli will be wrapping up their school years and off to 3rd grade/1st grade and Kindergarten.
*There is a fundraiser all day today at Zio Johno's in Marion. Stop by and grab a bite to eat if you can make it! There will be bracelets sold there as well with proceeds going directly to the family to help pay monthly bills.
A lot is going on and Antonio and Dina are missing out on many things and it is hard for the entire family to process. Continue to pray for their strength to be stronger than ever, spread the word and make sure to buckle up each and every time you are in a vehicle.
Thank you to everyone for your support, love and care!
As always thank you to EVERYONE that has donated as well as prayed and sent positive thoughts and vibes to the family and most importantly to our handsome boy Antonio!
Please read below from Dina herself as there have been so many things going on and it has been the most awful roller coaster for this family to be on.
"Antonio had overall good night last night and today he has been very sedated. He is having medication changed over from the IV medications to medicine that can be put through the feeding tube. I get nervous when they mess with his medicine because it feels like he is heavily sedated and then all of sudden wide awake and confused,scared and agitated as if in pain. I don't want Antonio to be uncomfortable. This situation has been so uncomfortable for so many people. He will have surgery on Friday to have a tracheotomy placed and a g tube in his tummy. This was a hard decision I had to make. I don't like the idea of it, but the only other option was to leave Antonio like this for 3 to 4 more weeks while his lungs get stronger and then try to extubate for the 3rd time and if he failed he might not make it. I know that sounds like a easy choice. But knowing Antonio and how he always pushes the odds it was hard. He will get to his rehab part of this quicker I feel this way which everyone knows Antonio wants to be up and moving. When he is awake he is kicking legs out of side of bed and pulling head up which causes him to cough and is causing more damage to his lungs with the breathing tube so this will avoid that. So my hope is we put in trach and then Antonio can start moving around more and that will help get the junk out of his lungs by him being upright not laying down 24/7. Not everyone agrees with my decision but they do support my decision which makes me even more scared if it don't work I made this decision. But I am doing the best I can for Antonio. I have not left this hospital in 24 days, I have not done normal business of life. I do try to do some work but it is so hard to focus people in and out all day long and doctors change tests, lab work, medicine. This hospital is amazing in so many ways but Antonio currently has so many teams of doctors I cant keep up. I am literally chasing them around here asking who and what they are doing. I am sure they are definitely sick of me like I even think the nurses do rock, paper scissors who gets stuck with me. Antonio does open his eyes often sometimes you can see he is still really sedated other times he knows who I am and he follows me with eyes. He squints his forehead at me to when I am talking to him and he don't like it. I play with his hair all the time because he hates that and it raises his blood pressure which he needs often. His blood pressure is up and down along with temperature but today no fever. His infection levels are trending down which is great. He is so handsome some nurses just peek in to tell me that, I am sure he gets that from me lol! So next few days we will just be hanging out hoping and praying for peaceful transition to our next part of this journey. Please pray for all of my family, the healthcare teams, all of the people in this hospital, just be good to one another I cant express how much the little things in life mean and we all take it for granted. I know so many have donated to our family with the GoFundMe page that takes so many worries away thank you and all of you that donate your prayers, or words of kindness or your time to us we appreciate all. I cant express that enough. My girls have a new saying for Antonio they are using it on some of the fundraising. Keep it Boujee for our Bro/ #ForverStrong and that really does define him. He is a cool cat and he has always been strong often we said he was our glue that held us together kept us on our toes well at this rate I will be a ballerina by the time this is all said and done. Love you all xoxoxoxoxo your prayers are working it is just taking time..."
Please keep sharing this and supporting the family in any way you can. Summer is right around the corner and with the girls not in school the family will need to make sure they are cared for as well as have everything they need. Dina appreciates it more than anyone can imagine! Cassandra (Dina's oldest) has enrolled them in a summer camp at her work place (where her daughter also attends) and they know a couple other children there which makes it a great fit to keep their minds off of everything and contribute to them having the best summer possible despite the situation.
Keep the Prayers coming as he will have surgery on Friday!
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!
Not many changes which may sound bad but for us as a family it is good news as there have been far too many ups and downs.
Last night Antonio's sisters got to go see him as he is in a "no pressure" room which means that family/visitors need to suit up before entering his room. Antonio is still heavily sedated but as he heard his sisters (Cassandra and Lia) he was squeezing their hands, moving his head and attempting to open his eyes as they joked and told stories at his bedside. This is great as we feel he recognizes us and just wants to get better. The 2 younger sisters Isabella and Amaya also got to enjoy some time at the "brothers and sisters club" where they got to play doctor with stuffed animals and eat pizza. They don't know much about what is going on and miss their big brother dearly, but they feel closer to him by being at the hospital.
Dina and her girls will be spending the night together at the Ronald McDonald house tonight and Cassandra her oldest daughter will stay with Antonio so she can get some rest and spend quality time with her daughters as they miss their mama so very much.
Please continue for to pray for Antonio! This weekend will be a big weekend for him to continue to keep fighting and progressing in the right direction as we are now 21 days out (Our 4th Friday in the hospital).
The family appreciates so very much all the support and reaching out everyone has done! Linn Mar/ Marion Schools have been absolutely amazing to the girls at school as well as reaching out and supporting the family in any way possible. Continue to share and donate if possible as well as buckle up!
I honestly dont know what I can say this is the most terrified time in my life. I dont think about all the logistics of paying my bills or life outside of this hospital every moment here is about watching monitors and asking questions and making sure Antonio is recovering. The U of I has gave him excellent care and they even put up with all my crazy which somedays is alot. With all that aside I cant express the gratitude I have for the people in my life that are doing all the behind the scene work in helping me not to stress or worry about anything but Antonio. My girls are so strong and brave and they are my rocks. That is my daughter's and best of friends I am so blessed and it really does give me peace to know that they are always behind me. I dont know how I will ever be able to pay it forward to all of you. I do keep all of you in my prayers and I appreciate it all whether it has been a ear to listen to me, a hug a donation,a prayer,a kind story of Antonio, a picture of Antonio or just taking the time to think of us. It is all of it together that makes me have some peace knowing my son is a amazing boy who has a huge footprint in this world. I love you all and keep praying for my family. Peace and love for all...
Please feel free to follow our CaringBridge page for updates regarding my little brother Antonio's progress. My mother Dina is taking care of those updates and we will do our best to update this page as well although we ask for your patience as we have so much going on right now. https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/antonioaguilar-lingo#_=_ Thank you all for the support and prayers we have a lot of faith that God has a plan, we just have to hang on for the ride!