Medical assistance for my family

Medical assistance for my family

From Ariel Vidal

I’m raising money for my family.My little son has a form of Leukemia’B-All’ and this will take years of chemo,treatment,prayers and love.

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Luca woke up Friday with a black eye. Neither David nor I knew of him taking a fall and he didn't tell us that he had hurt himself. On Wednesday Luca went to the dentist because his teeth hurt but they didn't find any infection. He was put on antibiotics just incase there was an infection brewing that was causing him pain. He also saw his pediatrician who also did not see anything. When he woke up Friday with a puffy, blueing eye and puffy face, I immediately emailed his pediatrician and asked for more tests . She called me about 8:30 and told me she let the ER know that we were coming and to come get a CT scan of that area of his head and face.

When we got to the ER , he got checked out, they drew some blood just to make sure everything was normal(it was) and the ER physician on duty came to tell us they would do the scan but as long as it is clear, they would treat this as a little that we missed and he'd be on his way to finish the antibiotics.

It was several hours but when the doctor finally came to give us the results of the scan, it was the absolute worst moment of my life.

" I am really sorry to tell you this, Luca's scan did not come back normal"

I looked hard at David. The doctor's phone rang and he jumped out of the room. We could hear him talking just outside the door.

" Hello, I need to arrange a pediatric transfer to Kaiser in Oakland" ....I looked at David and my whole body got warm on the inside and I folded over the hospital bed.

The last 48 hours have been an absolute nightmare. We were transported via ambulance to Kaiser Children's in Oakland. Luca has another full CT scan, an MRI, lots of blood work. Last night we started what is likely the beginning of a minimum of 6 months of chemotherapy. Our baby boy has cancer.

Today he had several small surgeries including a biopsy to confirm the exact type of cancer. They are pretty sure they know what kind of cancer it is. It is in several parts of his body including several organs and is fast spreading. The tumor near his eye grew 50% in one day and has already deteriorated some bones in his face.

We are devastated, confused, broken, and trying to muster the strength through these days and hopefully see our boy turn around for the better soon. We are Camped out at Kaiser for the next week + while Luca starts chemotherapy. I have never in my life through I would be a parent to a child with cancer. There is no history of cancer like this in our family, it is not hereditary, nor environmental. It is just something that... happens.

Thank you to everyone in our inner circle for being there to support us. Your help and prayers have meant everything to us. If you want to be helpful, please donate blood. Luca will possibly need blood transfusions as he goes through chemo. Please also continue to pray for his healing and our comfort.

Its really hard to share such personal information and we probably wont share the details of his updates, just know we feel the prayers and ask you continue to keep our boy in your heart. He has been an absolute blessing the entirety of his life .

Stell and Liam only know that Luca has some boo boo's inside his body and we are staying at the hospital while he gets his medicine.

With love,

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