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Miguel’s family

Son of the couple Ana Lúcia and Célio, Miguel was born premature and with generalized infection. The family was not let down by the difficulties and continues to fight for the health of Miguel.

Son of the couple Ana Lúcia and Célio, Miguel was born premature and with generalized infection. The family was not let down by the difficulties and continues to fight for the health of Miguel.


Who ever sees little Miguel running through the headquarters of AssociaçãoSaúdeCriança, probably cannot imagine what the boy two years and eight months old has overcome to get there. The youngest son of the couple Ana Lúcia and Célio, Miguel was born premature with a generalized infection. According to the doctors, the child came to the world a few days before the mother was seven months pregnant.”The water sac broke, I felt a contraction, and I went to the hospital. But when I got there, they held it, gave me medicine and told me to go home. They maintained the pregnancy with a ruptured sac for 15 days. I could not get up, and I had to lie down with a device monitoring his heart. Miguel had widespread infection throughout his body. He was born very green,” the mother recalled. After his birth, the boy remained hospitalized on the brink of death, in Saquarema, Lake District of Rio de Janeiro (RJ), for three months until he was discharged.”

Finally home, Miguel gave everyone in his family a new scare when having a reflux that lead to pulmonary aspiration. This incident unfortunately earned him another hospitalization, this time, at Hospital da Lagoa, where his mother had first met  SaúdeCriança. “I just want to say thank you very much for working with Hospital da Lagoa. If I had been put in other places [besides Hospital da Lagoa], I would not have had this opportunity to obtain help from SaúdeCriança. They offered me support, comfort in some of the most difficult hours of my life. It is not cheap what we have to buy nor what the NGO gives us. There is a medicine that Miguel takes that costs $150 a month, which is even more expensive than the vitamins that doctors recommend,” Ana reported.

Currently, Miguel still relies on an enteral feeding tube and his family still receives the support of SaúdeCriança through donations of milk, medicines and diapers for the boy. Because of the special care of her son, Ana Lucia and her husband are unable to maintain a steady job at the moment. They split up to take care of the boy and take him to all treatments, which are usually away from home since the family lives in Iguaba, a municipality in Região dos Lagos, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The distance from housing to SaúdeCriança also makes it difficult for parents to enroll in one of the institution’s vocational courses.

“Miguel can not go to school because the doctor has not released him because of the enteral tube and I cannot even work. Before him I worked with the elderly, but after he appeared in my life I had to compromise because he spent a lot of time in the hospital and now requires much more care,” says the mother. The family now survives with the help of BolsaFamília and the earnings of the older brother of the child, Leonardo Vinício, 21 years old.

Ana is not discouraged by the difficulties of life and continues the fight for Miguel’s health. “SaúdeCriança appeared in my life at the most difficult time, I don’t even know what I would do without it because it is such a help that I have no words to say. They gave me the support when I needed it most. And I learned a lot, you know? At SaúdeCriança we can get together, and they can put you in touch with other mothers, which ends up being a school to learn, helping people create by giving them a space that offers so many opportunities. If it were not for that, Miguel would have neither milk nor medicine. I hope it’s not just me who has this opportunity, but many other mothers,” concluded Ana Lucia.