When we first heard about five-year-old Emiliano Hernandez’s story we knew we had to help. Emiliano was a healthy, full-term baby, but he developed jaundice two days after his birth. There were extreme complications, as he went into cardiac arrest and sustained permanent brain damage. Emiliano’s mom, Diana Salcedo, is the family’s sole support and his dad is a full-time caregiver. The lack of services and support has exhausted and diminished and nearly broken the family. Emiliano has cerebral palsy and can’t hold his head up, sit down or stand. He is deaf and blind, has breathing difficulties and a sleep disorder. He needs six medications daily, can’t be left without supervision and his parents have to hold him upright when he sleeps. Neither Salcedo nor her husband have had more than one or two consecutive hours of sleep in years.
The family recently received a new electric wheelchair from the Variety Club but they don’t have the specialized van they would need to transport Emiliano in the chair. We at Alliance Mobility Solutions is one of the lucky businesses who were able to stay open during this global pandemic. This pandemic has been very challenging for our clients. Emiliano’s story touched our hearts. We immediately decided to donate an accessible vehicle. We are so happy to help and feel blessed that we are in position to help the family out in this difficult time.