Meet the Families You Are Helping!

Ingrid

Ingrid

Meet Ingrid Ingrid was born without issue this past April 2023. Two days after going home, her parents (Xiomara & Salvador) rushed her back to the local emergency room where she was immediately transferred to Valley Children's Hospital in Madera, over 180 miles...

Lukas

Lukas

Meet Lukas Lukas and Lyam were twin boys born at 22 weeks gestation, 11 inches long and weighing just 15 ounces. Mom and dad were first time parents.  Sadly, Lyam passed away 3 weeks after his birth which was heartbreaking for the family. Lukas’s lungs were...

Cristian

Cristian

  Meet Cristian Cristian is just 18 months old and has been plagued with numerous ailments including mitochondrial disease, enlarged liver, kidney failure, and pulmonary hypertension. Cristian has been in and out of the hospital since birth and was recently...

Sofia

Sofia

Meet Sofia Sofia seemed to be a healthy baby when she was born in Santa Maria at Marian Hospital but then began having issues. She had been vomiting, not passing stools and her stomach was distended. At just 2 days old, she was transferred to Cottage Children's...

Catalina

Catalina

Meet Catalina Catalina was born at 25 weeks’ gestation and weighed just 1 pound 5 ounces.  Catalina was born at 25 weeks’ gestation, weighing just 1 pound 5 ounces. Due to her premature birth, Catalina was born with Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and respiratory...

Carlos

Carlos

Meet Carlos Before Carlos was born, doctors told his mother that he would not survive his birth. A few days after his birth, Carlos was diagnosed with intestinal blockage. He had numerous surgeries, but his issues persisted. After thorough testing, he was also...

Kimberly

Kimberly

Meet Kimberly Kimberly was a premature baby born at 27 weeks gestation and weighed 1 lb, 13 oz.  Her lungs were underdeveloped, and she was on oxygen for 4 months at Cottage Hospital.  She had a congenital heart defect - Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) - a hole in her...

Stella

Stella

Meet Stella Kristel was just 11 weeks pregnant when she was told her baby would be born with gastroschisis.  Gastroschisis is a birth defect where a hole in the abdominal (belly) wall beside the belly button allows the baby's intestines to extend outside of the baby's...

Daniel

Daniel

 Meet Daniel Daniel's mom went into labor at 27 weeks pregnant and was quickly rushed to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center by ambulance from Santa Maria where she had an emergency C-section. Daniel was just over a pound at birth and needed to be fed through a...

Sonny

Sonny

Meet Sonny Mom thought that her routine weekly checkup was going to be fine, and looked forward to the day her son would join the family. That dream turned into a nightmare. The doctor could barely detect the baby’s heartbeat and Mom was rushed to the hospital for an...

Yahier

Yahier

Meet Yahier Yahier came into this world at only 32 weeks gestation.  He was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where he stayed in the NICU for 3 months as the medical staff montitored his growth. He was born with a hole in his heart and suffered from pulmonary...

Emilia

Emilia

Meet Emilia 💔A newborn baby with a congenital heart defect 💔Life saving medication not covered by insurance 💔Unforeseen and costly moving expenses  💔Lost wages 💔Enormous travel expenses A few of the challenges facing Emilia and her family.  Dr. Bilal Harake, Renowned...

The Twins

The Twins

Alan and Adrian Jr. were born at 27 weeks, weighing only 2 pounds, and were in the NICU since January. They were born without fully developed lungs and were in respiratory distress. They used a neonatal tube for feeding while also learning to use a bottle. Doctors...

Xavier

Xavier

Meet Xavier  Type 1 Diabetes, also known as Childhood Diabetes, is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce enough insulin (a hormone essential to regulating blood sugar levels), or stops producing it altogether. Type 1 Diabetes is typically discovered in...

Joan

Joan

Meet Joan (Jo-han) A few days after his birth, Joan started to struggle to breathe, his heart was racing and his abdomen was rising and falling at an extremely rapid rate. Joan was rushed to the hospital, stayed for a week and subsequently was in and out of the...

Emilio

Emilio

UPDATE:  We are happy to report that  Emilio is now home with his family. He has met his brother and sister! He is thriving and the family is grateful and happy to have him home.  ------------------------ Emilio was born premature at 27 weeks and barely weighed 2...

Noelia

Noelia

Noelia is a sweet 20-month old baby girl born with down syndrome.  She was in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) right after she was born and was intubated (life support) for weeks.  Soon after her birth she needed a feeding tube, had heart issues and lung damage...

Genesis

Genesis

Genesis is a cute 6-month-old baby girl born with Autosomal Recessive Three M Syndrome. An extremely rare genetic disorder, Three M Syndrome is characterized by short stature (dwarfism), and other skeletal malformations. She is on oxygen 24 hours, 7 days a week. She...