Diego Mendez is a phenomenal 14 year old who lives in Holland, Michigan with his mom, dad, and brother, Gabe. He has been bringing laughter and joy into their home since the day he was born and he is the funniest, quirkiest, most personable kid you could meet. His kind heart has made him so loved by everyone who knows him. He loves science and skateboarding and learning new things and he has a kitten named "Pancho." He attends Macatawa Bay Middle School where he plays trumpet in the marching band and was working his first job at Kilwins in Saugatuck.
He was enjoying his summer when he became ill for several days. He experienced a seizure and was rushed to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital PICU in Grand Rapids where he continued to have seizures.
In order for his brain to rest, he has been put into a medically induced coma for several days.
Doctors still haven't figured out the source of the seizures but are attributing it to F.I.R.E.S.
On day #28 of his stay his blood pressure suddenly dropped and his heart stopped. They immediately began chest compressions and administering life saving meds. X-rays of his chest and abdomen indicated fluid in his abdomen. Emergency exploratory surgery revealed a large ulcer on his small intestine that had ruptured and was spilling contents into his abdominal cavity. This was repaired, and several surgeries later the wound is still trying to be closed.
The doctors are puzzling over the cause of his seizures and are working to keep him from having more while providing him with the best care and treatment.
Diego is in critical condition and his parents have not left his side. Sarah and Pedro are dedicated and attentive parents and are showing incredible strength in this situation. They have asked for prayers for their son and they believe that God will get them through this victoriously.
The purpose of this fund raising effort is to help with Diegos medical expenses and their living expenses while they are at his bedside.