Javier Perez, South Dade High
Two years ago, April 26, 2016, our family changed forever. Today we look back on the journey and celebrate how far Javi has come in this year. He has made remarkable strides- he is walking with one cane, building endurance by not using his wheelchair when he goes out of our home, and regaining his independence by attending his therapies and appointments without assistance from me. Although he has much more to accomplish, I am certain with his extraordinary determination and perseverance he will accomplish even more this year.
The year has had several bumps which are expected with this type of crush injury. He has had to deal with bouts of swelling, severe pain, and sores due to his prosthetics. Unfortunately, last week Javi was hospitalized due to an infection on his limb. He became sepsis and required strong antibiotics and close monitoring. Being back in the hospital was not easy, especially so close to the anniversary of his accident. It was a tough time for our family, but thankfully the doctors' were aggressive in attacking the bacteria and he was able to be discharged after a few days.
These bumps in the road serve as a reminder that we are not in control. We continue to surrender to God's plan and keep the faith.
Today we choose to celebrate every obstacle, every bump in the road, but most importantly every step God has allowed Javi to take. We are blessed with a wonderful support system and a community who's prayers sustain us. Our mantra remains the same- it can always be worse. We continue to savor the simple moments with our family, focus on the good, acknowledge God's daily blessings, do good to others, and above all - we are adamant about living and enjoying our lives to the fullest because tomorrow is not a guarantee.
God bless you all.
Javi and I would like to thank everyone for the messages of love and support after today's hearing. We chose not to be present at court today, simply because nothing said there would change our reality. Undoubtedly, our lives were forever changed on April 26, 2016. For the last 20 months I have prayed every day for strength and courage to be able to help my husband and children through this tragic ordeal. Both my children and I witnessed this horrific moment and it will forever be embedded in our memory and the memory of every person who was present on that baseball field- most of which were children under the age of 6. When we stop and think how many children could have been hurt that day- we realize that God was present on that field that day and protected them from being hurt or killed. By God's grace only Javi was severely hurt.
This tragedy caused my husband to be condemned to a lifetime of living without his legs. Every single day has been a struggle; Javi experiences pain daily, as much as we strive for a sense of normalcy- His life, our life, will never be the same. My children's innocence is gone. They are no longer carefree and worry-free kids. They look for the possibility of danger in every situation. Their lives were also forever impacted on that April day.
The sentence Ms. Aguilera received is far less than the sentence she imposed upon my husband and our family. She will Never know what it feels like to be in the hospital fighting for her life, to be intubated or endure a tracheotomy, or endure the pain associated with skin grafts, or undergo 23 surgeries and countless tedious and painful procedures, she will never know how it feels to wake up and be told your legs were amputated, she will Never have to withstand the painful therapies he has to endure on a weekly basis, she will never have to live her life without the use of her legs, she will never have to re-learn how to use the bathroom, shower, get dressed on her own, drive, stand or walk.
We hope her time in prison provides her the opportunity to learn from her mistakes so
she never does this to anyone again.
Moreover, our greatest wish is that today serves as a teachable moment to our children, to our nieces and nephews, to our friends and family, to our students, and to all those who have followed our story- that a person's reckless choices will lead to severe consequences- that drinking and driving is a serious crime with permanent consequences. Furthermore, I pray that play areas are made safer for our children and our community so no one has to live through what our family has had to live through.
Please continue to pray for us as our journey is far from over.
Many blessings to all.
This year as we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving we have decided to keep it simple again and focus on what truly matters- God, family, and friends. We reflect on our blessings-
our family, our friends, the trauma team that saved Javi, the doctors and therapists, the community that has supported us without seizing, and above all God for his grace and mercy. We are blessed beyond measure and grateful in ways that I cannot put into words.
This Thanksgiving, Javi and I ask that you try to keep it simple and enjoy the true reason we celebrate this holiday- gratitude for all your blessings. As you sit for lunch or dinner, look at those around you and take in the moment you are blessed to share with your loved ones. Tomorrow is not a guarantee. Those sitting with you will not always be there. Savor the beauty and simplicity of the moment. Contemplate all the reasons you have to be grateful, say I love you, thank the good Lord for each of your blessings and enjoy your day.
God bless you all.
We are learning that the process of Prosthetics is a long and challenging one. It's also a frustrating and painful one that requires patience. Javi has not been able to get a good fit due to the massive injuries and countless skin grafts. Apparently, this is normal and takes time. He has also suffered from painful sores from the sockets rubbing and pinching. However, together with his Prosthesist they believe that they found the right fit!! As you can see in the video, Javi feels more comfortable and is able to walk without assistance. His smile says it all!!! He will start transitioning into using canes instead of his trusty walker. He's eager and excited; I'm nervous. Please continue to pray for us as we move forward on this challenging journey.
God bless you
As we continue to pray for Javi 's recovery, I want to to acknowledge Maytee who is a rock. I am astounded by her strength and courage. Maytee, you are a true inspiration and I know that through all of this you are being prepared to help and strengthen others. Love from Annie & Jorge.
Mr. Perez, I am honored to say that you were my principal while I was at South Dade. The transformation within the school over the past 3 years that you've been at South Dade is astounding. You're an excellent principal who truly cares about the students and gas had a big impact on many people's lives, including mine. I continue to pray for a quick recovery and healing for you and your family. You're a fighter and I just know you will be able to overcome this. I greatly appreciate you and you have done for me, the school, and the community. Continue fighting and being the hero that you are to so many.
There's nothing greater in this world then a teacher. Principals stand even higher, not only do they interact on a personal level with the complexity of each student at their school, they also have to over see the interacts between each one of those students and his staff. Mr. Perez will have a long road of recovery ahead of him, but life only throws challenges it knows you can handle. That SUV could have easly taken out any number of young children on that field that day. Some how it took aim at the strongest person on that field, Mr Perez now needs our help. I donate to a great man who have many kids who truly love him and want him back. These donations will assist in those efforts to bring back a vital member of the Homestead community. Stay Strong Mr. Perez
This is the news I have been waiting for. Thanks God . Since the day of the accident I was confident in God that Javier will recover sooner that we expected . I certainly know their live will be full of marvelous miracles and true love . I am so happy today . Thanks my God.
Praying for you Javi and the whole family too. Never give up hope and may you find comfort and strength in knowing that no darkness can keep out the light of our Lord & Savior so long as you have faith. Continue to fight and rise above the chaos and stay focused on His light. There will be rough days in this long journey, for the enemy is relentless and we can't fight alone. Therefore, be sure to put on the full armor of Jesus every morning before going into battle. Our Lord will follow you and stay by your side until the battle is won. God Bless You! Gerardo, Laly & Little G #prayforperez
Mr. Perez. You are truly blessed and loved to have so many people donate and show their goodness. I also have gofundme account to save my home. don't worry it not in m name. I just look at how others were doig and God truly blessed you. wht wonderful people. God Bless.
I have been following the story ever since it happened and I just wanted you to know how inspiring these messages are and updates are to me and to others around me. It's hard to understand why bad things happen to such good people in our lives, but as a person of faith I know that God always works things for good. I wanted you all to know what good is coming from Javier's tragedy. The things that are shared in your updates not only encourage me and help me, but encourage and help thousands of other people as you already know. I have also shared your updates, especially the last one, with people that are not believers. People that are going through struggles in their lives and are negative and have no faith in a God who truly loves them. Your message touches hearts that are hardened and hopefully will open those hearts to our loving Father. Your message certainly gives them a glimpse of people that have a relationship with God that is clear and real and sustaining! What an amazing good thing coming from something so bad! And I know from reading your messages, that this is your purpose and goal. You have used something that continues to be so tough for all of you and have made it a blessing to others by reflecting God's power and glory. So I thank you for sharing your life with many people and for your faith and love for the Lord. Your updates continue to be a blessing to me and I continue to pray for you and your entire family and of course, especially for Javier. God bless all of you. With love, Kathy
Annie, You don't know me. Javi doesn't know me. I am 'Shoreside Connections", I have coordinated Grad Bash for his school for several years (worked with Kim and now Charmaine). I donated at the beginning, after hearing of the traumatic story. I want to tell you that I was so moved by your last post, brought me to tears. You are both so courageous, and the sentiments and expression of the appreciation and love for all involved in his recovery and yours is beautiful. I wish you could feel my emotions, as words don't do it justice. Godspeed. Adele Zum
Praying for you and your family to stay strong. Know that you are loved and an inspiration to many.
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Maytee Your words. "Only Javi was severely hurt." As Annie said. "you are a true inspiration....through all of this you are ...prepared to help....others. If I may add, you have helped many others to be strong, to have courage, and to go on. That was my perception of you as a teacher when I briefly worked with you in Zelda Glazer. You are and have been an inspiration. The best to you and Javi and all of yours Frank Armada