Community (noun): a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
At times I feel the internet prevents us from true, in-person community building. While at others, I feel it’s an amazing tool that brings so many together for a common cause. Right now, I’m hoping the latter is true.
Recently, our friend Stephanie reached out to the vegan community for help. Her sweet nephew, Wa’set (which means the aggression in man to persevere), was admitted to Long Beach Miller Children’s Hospital on November 21st 2013. He was diagnosed with a heart murmur as an infant had become so severe that all his caloric intake was being consumed to keep his heart pumping.
Monday, November 25th, Wa’set underwent open heart surgery. Besides having obstructions and holes in his heart he also had all of his valves and heart cavities develop abnormal thickening of muscle. Wa’set was immediately put on two different medicine to slow and relax his heart.
Shortly after heart surgery, Wa’set had a complication with excessive secretions of his lymphatic system. He underwent his 2nd surgery.
Two months later, Wa’set was diagnosed with noonan syndrome while trying to get stable enough to go home. After struggling with fluid levels in his body, developing reflux and struggling with feeds Wa’set seemed to be getting ready to come home, but his parents felt something was not right.
On February 12th, Wa’set’s heart rhythm became abnormal and he went into shock. He is struggling to get back to a stable condition, and since these series of surgeries and medications are not stopping the progressive over growth of his heart, Wa’set is now currently waiting to be put on the list for a heart transplant.
As a mother, seeing your child hurt is the worst possible pain you can imagine. And at a time like this, finances should be the last of Wa’set’s family’s worries. So they are reaching out to their vegan community for help. Your donations will help Wa’set’s family maintain their basic essentials until they are back on their feet.
No amount is too small. $1 from each of us could significantly change this family’s life. And if you don’t have the financial means to spare, please share Wa’set’s fundraiser with everyone you know!