Donovan "Donny" Maldonado

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Raised by 410 people in 25 months
On Tuesday January 12, 2016 Donovan "Donny" Maldonado was struck by a car on the corner of his block coming home from school. He suffered severe head trauma, ruptured spleen, damaged organs, and broken bones. He is currently in a Traumatic Coma. This special young man has a long road to recovery ahead of him. His parents, and siblings have a long road ahead of them as well. Matt and Laura will not be able to return to work for some time and that will not stop the bills from coming to that mailbox. We are asking for help with what they are facing for the upcoming year so that they can focus on the right thing, DONNY. Any amount helps, even $5. We appreciate all the kind words, texts and phone calls concerning this incredible young man. They have an incredible support system and we know DONNY WILL BE GREAT AGAIN! Thank you all again! #pray4Donny
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Good morning! Thank you all for your generous donations and continued prayers!

Tuesday and Wednesday were tough. Donny kept asking to go home and gave me a hard time whenever I asked him to do anything. But thank God Thursday and Friday were better. He still asked to go home but not as much and his mood improved a lot.

The staff at Shepherd Pathways are very patient and so far it's been a great experience. They are very informative and supportive to the caregivers. They even encouraged me to drop off Donny and have a "self care" day. They also provide counseling and have weekly group meetings for caregivers.

Yesterday we met with the doctor at Pathways and she would like Donny to take medication for attention and concentration. She thinks it will help him become more successful at meeting his therapy goals. One of Donny's biggest deficits is his distractibility and we do agree that the medication can help. We're taking the weekend to think and pray hard about the medication and will make a decision on Monday.

A couple of updates ago I mentioned another medication the neurologist wanted to give Donny for his tremors...similar to what's given to Parkinson's patients. We decided to try it out and after about 3 days decided to take him off. Donny had a really bad mood swing and we felt it was due to the side effects of that medication.

Some of you have reached out and asked for the address to where we're staying:

Donovan Maldonado
Woodruff Family Residence Center #309
C/O Shepherd Center
2020 Peachtree Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30309

Next week we'll find out how long we'll be in Atlanta. Please don't stop praying for Donny...God still performs miracles!!
#Pray4Donny

Don't forget to like/follow:
Facebook.com/Pray4Donny
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Great news!!! We just received a phone call from The Shepherd Center that Donovan has been approved for full funding!! God is so good! Thank you everyone for your prayers!!

An apartment became available sooner than originally expected so they can provide housing as soon as this Monday. If we can come up with the money to drive down, we will be heading down tomorrow. We appreciate any support you can provide. This is what we've been praying for and we appreciate you all!!

We were informed that Donny's stay can be at the minimum 4 weeks or up to 8 weeks, however, depending on our goals for him and how long it may take for him to achieve those goals, it can be longer.

We are so grateful to everyone that has been on this journey with us. We will be uploading videos/pics/updates on his Facebook page (Facebook.com/Pray4Donny). Please "Like" and "Follow" to keep up with this next chapter in Donny's healing.

Thank you all...we give Jesus all the glory!!! #Pray4Donny
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Thank you all for your continued prayers and support!!

Beginning next week, Donny will begin attending school 5 days per week from 2nd-6th period. At this point the therapists agree that being in school is better for him and he's very excited about spending more time in school. He will continue receiving PT, OT and ST during school hours.

Donovan has been accepted into the Shepherd Pathways day program in Atlanta. Thank God!! We are so excited and thankful for everyone's prayers. There is a 6-8 week waiting period for housing (Shepherd provides an apartment for out of state parents) so we won't be heading down until something becomes available. We will get more information soon (start date and recommended length of stay). Our next step is finding the necessary funding to cover the rehab/medical costs. We've applied to a couple of organizations and pray that they provide at least some type of financial assistance.

Lastly, Donovan continues to have Intention Tremors on his right side, especially his arm/hand. After visiting the neurologist, she recommended having Donny take daily medication to help steady his shakes (sort of like what's prescribed to Parkinson's patients). We know Donny has come so far already and has made tremendous progress so this is a difficult decision for us. We have so much faith that God will continue to heal Donny's brain but we also don't want to keep him from something that may help him. We ask for prayers for continued healing, for strength, patience and for us to make the right decisions for Donny.

We still have a long road ahead of us and some days are difficult but with your prayers and God's mercy, we will remain faithful. #Pray4Donny
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Thank you everyone for your continued prayers and donations!!! We are truly blessed!!

Please go to Facebook.com/Pray4Donny and "Like" and "Follow" the page. We've uploaded pictures and videos plus post updates on the page.

A few updates:

After the new year Donny started attending school 3 times a week (instead of 2) and has been doing great. The staff and kids have been really wonderful in supporting him and he looks forward to school days. We will be increasing the hours after the winter recess in a couple of weeks.

After Donny's accident his left eye dropped a little and floated outward. He also complained of very blurry vision. The floating has gotten a little better but we still had his eyes checked out.

He was seen by a Pediatric Ophthalmologist back in October, a Neuro-Ophthalmologist last week and a Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Strabismus surgeon yesterday.

The Neuro-Ophth. suspected an injury to Donny's cranial fourth nerve (Superior Oblique) causing an optic nerve palsy. He said sometimes after a year the eye may fix itself but at this point, he would need surgery to have it corrected. He referred Donny to the eye surgeon just to be sure. And because God is soooooo good, the surgeon said Donny does not need surgery, praise God!! All 3 doctors agree that Donny has astigmatism in both eyes (worse in the left). He probably had it before the accident but it went unnoticed and the accident just made it worse. So Donny will need glasses - no surgery!!

Lastly, because of the snow storm, we will be heading down to Georgia today (stopping at Florida first to see family). We've spoken with the Shepherd Center staff and everything is in place for Donny to have his evaluation next week. So exciting!!

We are so thankful to everyone that helped make this happen. We really appreciate your prayers and support. Please pray for continued healing in Donny's brain in Jesus' name. Thank you.
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Nancy Lynch
25 months ago
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My prayers go out to you and your family.

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Iris M Rivera
25 months ago
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My prayers out to Donny and his family God bless you all God is good in everyway!

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Stacey Leach
25 months ago
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today . from your neighbors

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Mayra Lizama
25 months ago
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Lo siento mucho Dios es Grande y Poderoso ! Me siento tan triste al No poder verte ahy en la parada del bus ... Solia verte cuando esperabas el bus con mi hijo muy Humilde ... Dios dale pronta recuperacion mis oraciones estan para ty Bendicioness

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Cindy Frallicciardi Dougherty
25 months ago
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Praying for Donovan everyday for God to heal him. Praying to give you all the strength to get through this.all my love

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Barbara Frommater Johannesen
19 months ago
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I am so happy you are improving everyday. Prayers to you and your entire family.

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John Brown
21 months ago
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I would like to donate my services Please contact me Dr John Brown 917-674-367 Askdrjohndrbtown.com

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Rick Live M Rivera
24 months ago
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I'm glad to hear that Donny is getting better and stronger get well Donny we could play some basketball your a strong boy we love you God bless you cuz this is Ricky Dally grandson you got a strong family such amazing parents love you bro !!

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Orpha Ruth Melecio
24 months ago
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I'm constantly praying for yall please be strong .God is good and has Donny in the palm of his hand

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Rick Live M Rivera
24 months ago
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I'm glad Donny is feeling better God is good he is strong God is our healer God bless you have a speedy recovery from dally grandson Ricky my mom send her regards as well for a speedy recovery

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angela martinez
8 months ago

Your's is on my pray, Gad blessed your always.

BD
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Brian & Jenn Davis
11 months ago

Get getting stronger champ. You are a true warrior. Stay Blessed

KD
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Kathryn DiGioia
11 months ago

Good luck at the Shepherd Center!

MS
$25
Margaret Sullivan
13 months ago

May Donny continue with his progress.

EF
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Eileen Feely
13 months ago

Dear Matthew/Mickie and family... Thoughts and prayers for your beautiful handsome Donny... I love you all and will continue to send prayers that God gives you strength to continue with all your efforts to get Donny 100% again... Donny, Keep getting better! Abuelita Eileen...

Nancy Lynch
25 months ago
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My prayers go out to you and your family.

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Iris M Rivera
25 months ago
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My prayers out to Donny and his family God bless you all God is good in everyway!

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Stacey Leach
25 months ago
3
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today . from your neighbors

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Mayra Lizama
25 months ago
3
3

Lo siento mucho Dios es Grande y Poderoso ! Me siento tan triste al No poder verte ahy en la parada del bus ... Solia verte cuando esperabas el bus con mi hijo muy Humilde ... Dios dale pronta recuperacion mis oraciones estan para ty Bendicioness

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Cindy Frallicciardi Dougherty
25 months ago
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Praying for Donovan everyday for God to heal him. Praying to give you all the strength to get through this.all my love

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Barbara Frommater Johannesen
19 months ago
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I am so happy you are improving everyday. Prayers to you and your entire family.

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John Brown
21 months ago
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I would like to donate my services Please contact me Dr John Brown 917-674-367 Askdrjohndrbtown.com

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Rick Live M Rivera
24 months ago
1
1

I'm glad to hear that Donny is getting better and stronger get well Donny we could play some basketball your a strong boy we love you God bless you cuz this is Ricky Dally grandson you got a strong family such amazing parents love you bro !!

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Orpha Ruth Melecio
24 months ago
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I'm constantly praying for yall please be strong .God is good and has Donny in the palm of his hand

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Rick Live M Rivera
24 months ago
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1

I'm glad Donny is feeling better God is good he is strong God is our healer God bless you have a speedy recovery from dally grandson Ricky my mom send her regards as well for a speedy recovery

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