Jaime Ponce is a fun-loving, five-year-old boy who, like many other boys his age, loves soccer, cars and Thomas the Tank Engine. Unlike other children, however, Jaime suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy and a severe speech delay. At only five-years-old, Jaime is awaiting a heart transplant.
Jaime’s mother, Deodorica, remains at Jaime’s hospital bedside at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, while his father, Jaime Ponce, Sr., works daily to support the Ponce family, including Jaime and his two older siblings. Due to mounting medical bills and the costs of daily living, however, the family is struggling to meet their financial obligations.
For the past three months, Angel’s Pediatric Heart House, a non-profit organization in Broward County, has been providing financial and emotional support to the Ponce family. APHH is now asking the South Florida community to help support Jaime and his family by making a dedicated donation to the Jaime Ponce Fund. All donations will be used to help pay for Jaime’s Florida KidCare Insurance. Donations to the Jaime Ponce Fund can be made here.
“When I first met [Jaime], he was cheerful [and] affectionate and, even though we could not verbally communicate with each other due to his severe speech delay, he spoke to me with his eyes and beautiful smile,” said Sonia Perez, founder of Angel’s Pediatric Heart House. “He would hold my hand when I say next to him and wave and throw kisses as I left. Even though he has been in the hospital all these months, he continues to be a cheerful, always smiling little boy!”
Angel’s Pediatric Heart House is a non-profit organization that provides financial and emotional support to those affected by congenital heart defects – whether it be the patient, parents, siblings or friends. The organization provides a variety of programs to the CHD community, including an awareness compaign and delivery of care packages to children undergoing heart surgery.