INGLESIDE, Texas — According to doctors at Driscoll Children’s Hospital 14-year-old, Warrick Arsuaga was born with complex congenital heart disease.
However, throughout it all, his family stands right by his side, but they need help from the community.
As a big sister, Marissa Flores says she does the best she can to make her little brother feel comfortable and of course that includes protecting his heart.
“It's scary sometimes, you never know how like the outcome will be but he's super strong,” says Flores.
Medical Director of Driscoll Children’s hospital of Pediatric Intensive Care Dr. John Karl Maher has been assisting Warrick ever since he was born.
Back in March of 2019, Warrick became ill after catching a virus and afterwards, Warrick’s mother noticed something just wasn't right.
“Mothers account, since that virus he never recovered fully he had more congestion and different things he’s a very active child and he wasn't active as usual,” says Dr. John Karl Maher.
And that's when doctors noticed that his heart had diminished in size.
Warrick is currently in Dallas where he will be evaluated for heart and kidney transplants.
The family says with traveling from home to Dallas and medical bills, the costs are racking up.
But the family also says that Warrick is a fighter and they will continue to stand with him, with every heartbeat.
“What I can't do my other daughter will do, the big sister will, do we just have to work together to get it all done,” says Warrick’s grandmother Mamie Flores.
And if you would like to help this family, they do have a go-fund-me page set up.
The family also says any little bit helps.