Texas family donates medical supplies to Chicago family with quadriplegic son
Previously, the Pantoja family and the Aguilar family had never met. But now their life is forever forged by a unique bond after this San Antonio family generously donated medical equipment and supplies that have enabled their son, Dylan, to live a better and longer life.
“We made sure he enjoyed life like any other child,” said Itza Pantoja, Dylan’s mother.
They found a Chicago family who wanted the exact same thing for their 11-year-old boy, Felipe, who was born with cerebral palsy and quadriplegia.
“When I saw them I felt like my son was hugging me and I retracted for so many years from what I went through,” Pantoja said.
When Dylan was born, he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and pulmonary stenosis and doctors gave him six months to live.
“As a mother, I couldn’t accept this information,” she said. “I couldn’t accept it because of the many times they told us he was going to die, and he didn’t.”
For what the equipment insurance did not cover, her family collected the money on their own.
“During his lifetime, Dylan had about seven wheelchairs, and only two of them were covered by the government. The rest we had to pay out of pocket,” she said.
Thanks to his family’s determination, Dylan has exceeded doctors’ expectations by 16 years. To commemorate what would have been his 18th birthday, his family searched for other people in need. This led them to ASI Home Services in northwest Chicago, which put them in touch with the Aguilar and Felipe family.
“The generous donation of the Pantoja family has given us so much,” said Karina Aguilar, Felipe’s mother. “It’s more than something to help Felipe’s life be a little easier. It’s a show of kindness and solidarity for a family mourning the loss of their own little one.”
The Pantoja family have personally driven tens of thousands of dollars in medical equipment and supplies from San Antonio to Chicago.
“Driving to Chicago twice and giving up all that gear to help other needy families like ours is a selfless sacrifice,” said Aguilar.
But it’s a sacrifice Dylan’s mother knows her son would approve of, knowing it could give another family the hope and happiness they had with their son.
“I’m so happy. Thank you very much and I know Dylan is smiling,” Aguilar said.
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