On the evening of March 25th, 2013, Cruz was playing at his grandparents’ home when they noticed him double over with extremely labored breathing. Minutes later his lips turned blue, and he began sweating profusely. Cruz was rushed to the E.R at Children’s Hospital of Omaha where he was promptly admitted into the ICU.
Findings: His heart was severely enlarged, and the weight of his massive heart had collapsed his left lung. Cruz began fighting fiercely for his life that very night. It took over 3 hours to stabilize him. In order to stabilize him, he was placed on a vent, sedated, and paralyzed to cause the least amount of stress to his failing heart. This is how he stayed for 2 agonizing weeks.
With no clear reason for his heart failure, it became a month-long roller coaster for Cruz to finally find his way into becoming a candidate for a new heart.
Cruz was approved to be placed on the transplant list. The family is still waiting on a possible heart match for their son.
Here is how you can help.
CRUZ CHAVEZ BENEFIT:
July 14, 2013
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
American Legion Hall
7811 Davenport St., Omaha, NE 68114
The benefit will have food, multiple raffle items, and a silent auction.
Girls from Omaha Legion Football League will be present for pictures and autographs!
Live Performance by: Take Me To Vegas
The family says, "“Angels do walk among us on this earth and we are thankful for each and every one of you!"