Help Diego Mendez conquer this battle!

For: Sarah and Pedro Mendez
Holland, MI
Organizer: Mary Griggs
Help Diego Mendez conquer this battle! (Sarah and Pedro Mendez)
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 61 donors
51% Complete

The Story

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.  

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 19, 2017


Posted on September 19, 2017

Well, Diego has seen all kinds of people today. He had his wound vac changed again. They are talking of pulling some tubes and starting the feeding through G-tube, which is the one going directly into the stomach. He is supposed to have a CT scan of abdomen and pelvic area tomorrow. They may do EEG sometime this week just to monitor seizure activity. They are weaning him from ventilator and some more meds. 

He can communicate through mouthing words, we just need to brush up on our lip reading skills! And he is playing trash can help strengthen his hands and arms.

After being awake almost 36 hours, he finally slept most of the night last night. He is sleeping at the moment also because of meds they gave him to change wound vac. PT & OT are due here shortly. They have mentioned rehab, but that's about it for today!

Just please continue remembering him and his family in your prayers! God is good and He is in control!

Posted on September 13, 2017

Posted on September 13, 2017

UPDATE: DAY #49 Vitals all NORMAL!Yes! And AWAKE! Able to communicate somewhat and agitated if you don't understand what he is trying to say. (Because of trach)

Yes! Thank you Jesus! We serve a mighty God!


Posted on September 8, 2017


Posted on September 8, 2017

Day #44

Diego is still struggling with High Blood pressure, high heart rate, and higher than normal temperatures and some seizure activity. He still needs lots of prayer as they try to adjust medications that will be most beneficial to him without causing more problems. 

Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. We know God is in control, but we are human and being human, we worry.

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

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