For Christmas this yr 13-year-old Andy Reyes’ mother and father need to give him the reward of life.
Andy, who lives within the Dominican Republic, was born with a uncommon coronary heart situation, and is searching for a life-saving coronary heart transplant.
His household and native politicians have gotten collectively to unfold the phrase about his situation, and provides him a present he can’t get on-line or in a retailer.
Andy has had 4 coronary heart surgical procedures because the age of three, together with two that had been carried out at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. His most up-to-date process was on Sept. 14 at Well being Metropolis Hospital within the Cayman Islands.
Medical doctors believed Andy’s September surgical procedure can be his final. Days later, he developed an an infection that put his life in danger and put him on a coronary heart bypass machine.
“Due to his love of life, fantastic care at Well being Metropolis and his want to be effectively once more, Andy has now surpassed data on this machine and in the present day is alert, talking and consuming,” kin wrote on a fund-raising web page known as giftoflifenj.org.
“Nonetheless, he’s very frightened he might not make it to his transplant.”
The teenager is now on the College of Florida hospital, the place he’s awaiting a transplant that can value greater than $1.three million, in line with his mom, Karen Reyes.
The household has to provide you with an $800,000 down cost.
“We’re asking New Yorkers, particularly Latino New Yorkers throughout this vacation season to face in solidarity with Andy and his household,” stated State Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa (D-Inwood).
Supporters have arrange two fund-raising websites to gather donations. “Andy could be very robust, however he wants your assist please,” Andy’s mom stated.