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This is Thomas Rivera, III.'s Medical Fund. The funds will be used to pay for his medical costs and related expenses.

In the first week of January, 2012 Thomas was diagnosed with a fungal lung infection. He went in to the emergency room because he found himself having difficulty breathing. However, prior to doing so, Thomas checked in with his employer, you see, Thomas was a new employee and went into work at 5:30 a.m. He wanted to check in with his employer, because he was on a probationary period with his new company. Thomas had a few more days before his medical insurance would have kicked in, however, should he waited he would have died. Thomas employer suggested that he seek medical attention right away.

The doctor's performed a chest X-ray and it showed a peculiar and distinctive mass known as a "Fungus Ball" in the lung.

In the picture, you will see Thomas' dad. It was heartbreaking a Father standing next to his dying son. Thomas has been on a ventilator for more than 20 days. The doctors tried on numerous occasions to wean Thomas off the ventilator only to find themselves unable to do so because he was breathing way too fast. Finally, on Friday, January 27, 2012, Thomas was finally weaned off the ventilator. He is still having trouble keeping his medication down and has no desire to eat due to the medication. The physical therapist came in and tried to work with him. However, Thomas was too week. He could only stand for 15 seconds. Less than a week later, February 1, 2012 the doctors informed us that he was going to send Thomas home. We can't seem to understand why, because he still having trouble keeping his medication down, his lungs sound rough, he can keep food down and he has yet to walk. I believe it may be due to medical expenses piling up. Unfortunately, it's only the beginning. He still has a long way to go. Thomas needs proper care, he needs to continue his medication and he needs physical therapy. There is no way the family can do this without help. The medical expenses has exhausted the family financially. Please help Thomas. No donation is too small. You can donate by credit card or if you wish to send a check you can do so: Thomas Rivera III Benefit Fund, Martha Ayala Trustee, Frost National Bank Clear Lake, 1234 Clear Lake City Blvd., Houston, Texas 77062.
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