By Camaron Abundes
ODESSA- When people in the Basin are in the need, they often turn to Odessa Links to offer a list of non profit organizations that can help. The Gonzales family was no different but when Odessa Links learned they may not be able to help because the family owned a home, they turned to Newswest 9.
The Gonzales family does own their own home but when their third child was born with serious medical complications, they went through their life savings in a hurry to pay for their medical expenses. Little baby Nathan suffers from conditions you might attribute to old age, heart disease, kidney disease, respiratory problems and an enlarged heart just to name a few.
"What they explained to me is that the carpet can have mold and mildew and bacteria and even if you dust or vacuum, I am throwing those spores into the air," Gonzales said.
Nathan's nurse tells Newswest 9 the biggest threat to Nathan's life is an allergy trigger. If dust from the carpet, cloth sofas, drapes and other household items get into the air it can shock the 4 months old system.
"I know that I could lose him at any minute, but I am not going to let that happen. I have pride but I am begging now. My pride is gone," Sonii Gonzales said, "He smiles despite it all and that's God's gift to me is a child that continues to smile through the pain and the suffering,"
Sonii Gonzales quit her job when doctors advised her Nathan needed around the clock care, but the mortgages and medical bills didn't stop.
"I've spent my life savings and my family's life savings because my husbands family you know his father, have really stepped up to help us," she said.
Home Depot has offered to replace the windows at the Gonzales home, friends have neighbors have donated a little over a thousand dollars, but Gonzales says renovations done to the doctors standards include clearing out mold in the family kitchen and putting in an air purification system.
"I just want to throw my hands up in the air and tell me what to do because I have a baby that is going to die if I don't get some help," she said saying the renovations will be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
If you would like to help with labor, supplies, or in any way call Odessa Links at 582-0099.