MEDFORD, Ore. — A 2-year-old who has had more medical treatment than most people have in a lifetime got the chance to spread his wings. It was a short, half-mile trip from his home and the first non-medical trip for Rogue Valley Adventist Academy’s Sparrow in about 20 months.
2-year-old Mateo Lopez requires around the clock. He is hooked up to a ventilator, a feeding pump, oxygen, and an apnea monitor. Doctors come in up to two times a week and nurses are at the home 16 hours each day.
Mateo was two months premature and the day before he arrived, his parents were told he wouldn’t survive. He has a form of dwarfism and shortly after birth, he started suffering severe seizures, up to 25 a day. After a surgery, Mateo developed pneumonia and his body started shutting down.
Recently, for the first time in about 20 months, nearly all of Mateo’s life, the family left the house with a destination other than a hospital: North Medford High School’s Walk For Sparrows.
Mateo was only able to make that short trip by borrowing a wheelchair van for the day. The Lopez family is hoping to buy their own van through money raised by the Sparrow Clubs and D&S Harley Davidson’s “Bikers Have Heart.”
The next benefit for Mateo will be the Yahtzee Run on May 18th. If you would like to help, contact D&S Harley Davidson’s in Medford at 541-535-5515 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
D&S Harley-Davidson is collecting donations to go to the Lopez family. It is also in need of items to raffle or auction off during the Bikers Have Heart event.