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Texas household donates late son’s medical gear to Chicago households going through related challenges

A household that spent tens of 1000’s of {dollars} of medical gear all through their son’s lifetime donated all of it to individuals in want – households who knew all too properly what it’s like being within the Pantoja household’s footwear. 

In Might 2021, Itza Pantoja and her husband, Adrian, packed up a U-Haul with the gear that was used to enhance their son Dylan’s high quality of life earlier than he handed away in 2019 at 16 years previous. 

Itza Pantoja, her husband, Adrian, and their son Adrik alongside Dylan. 

Itza Pantoja, her husband, Adrian, and their son Adrik alongside Dylan.  (Itza Pantoja)

They drove it from their dwelling in San Antonio, Texas, to Chicago and hand-delivered all of it to a corporation known as ASI, which offers dwelling care companies to post-acute sufferers, senior residents and individuals with disabilities all through the Windy Metropolis, in accordance with its web site.

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“Dylan would have liked for another person to get it,” Pantoja informed Fox Information. 

When he was born, Dylan was identified with average hydrocephalus, which is a build-up of fluid within the mind, in addition to a coronary heart situation known as pulmonary valve stenosis, Pantoja mentioned. On the time, she had been finding out to change into a nurse however halted these plans so as to focus all her consideration on Dylan. 

Then, at 15 months previous, Pantoja mentioned her son misplaced all of his features after affected by a pulmonary cardio arrest. All through his life, he relied on a plethora of medical gear together with seven wheelchairs, an oxygen machine and a standing body. The body alone, Pantoja recalled, price about $47,000. 

Pantoja mentioned the household needed to pay out of pocket for a majority of the gear. 

Itza Pantoja's sons, Adrik and Dylan. 

Itza Pantoja’s sons, Adrik and Dylan.  (Itza Pantoja)

So, so as to cowl among the price, Pantoja began promoting baked items to households on the hospital. Pantoja’s efforts started whereas they had been dwelling in Puerto Rico and continued once they moved to Texas in 2013. 

“I additionally tutored children in English or, you realize, babysat children whereas their dad and mom had been out simply in order that we will make ends meet,” she mentioned. 

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After Dylan handed away, Pantoja donated among the gear to households within the space. The remainder was packed right into a storage, which was so full you could not even open the door with out one thing falling out, Pantoja mentioned.  

“However then the pandemic hit and no one wished to take something,” she mentioned. “And I used to be like, ‘What do I do with all this?’ You realize, I did not need to throw it away as a result of that is like throwing away 1000’s and 1000’s” of {dollars}. 

Pantoja mentioned the household ultimately received involved with ASI, which mentioned it will gladly take the provides and that it had a handful of households who may tremendously profit. 

Even earlier than they even began their journey to Chicago on Might 25, Pantoja mentioned there have been about 5 households awaiting their arrival. 

The day provoked a ton of combined feelings, Pantoja mentioned. 

Though it was a satisfying second as a result of they knew the provides weren’t going to waste, Pantoja defined that it was arduous as a result of it was her son’s gear — gear they’d “suffered to get in order that he may have [a better] high quality of life.” 

What’s extra, Pantoja mentioned she felt as if she relived her total life with Dylan when she drove as much as Chicago and met the Aguila household, whose son, Felipe, had related medical situations as Dylan. 

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Pantoja and Felipe’s mother, who now share a deep connection, embraced one another with no second’s thought. 

“We hugged. We cried. We simply could not discover phrases,” Pantoja mentioned. “However after we checked out one another, we understood one another.” 

To at the present time the households keep involved. 

“Generally she simply must blow off some steam,” Pantoja mentioned. “Yeah, I bear in mind these days.”

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