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)
$10,265
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 64 donors
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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 November 2, 2017

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Posted on November 2, 2017

DAY #100 of Diego’s recovery!


Today marks 100 days since Diego was struck down with F.I.R.E.S.

(Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome).

He was in a medically induced coma for 48 days and spent 81 days at DeVos Children’s Hospital in the PICU. He has since been transferred to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital where he has been for the last 20 days. 

The seizure activity has begun to increase the last few days and he has to be monitored closely, but things are progressing. Sometimes it seems slowly, but God has definitely touched Diego. Even with the sometimes numerous setbacks we are still pushing forward and expecting a complete and full recovery! God is good! Many thanks for all the prayers that have been sent heavenward on his behalf! 



Posted on October 14, 2017

Posted on October 14, 2017

WOW! 80 days have come and gone. This is day #81 at DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Today is moving day! We are heading to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. It has been a long road so far and we aren’t finished yet, but God has been with us every step of the way. 

Diego has improved so incredibly in the last 2-3 weeks. It’s just amazing how God has touched him, and we thank and praise Him for that! God is good! 

We thank God for each of you and trust He will bless you all accordingly.


Posted on October 14, 2017

Posted on October 14, 2017

WOW! 80 days have come and gone. This is day #81 at DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Today is moving day! We are heading to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. It has been a long road so far and we aren’t finished yet, but God has been with us every step of the way. 

Diego has improved so incredibly in the last 2-3 weeks. It’s just amazing how God has touched him, and we thank and praise Him for that! God is good! 

We thank God for each of you and trust He will bless you all accordingly.

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