Yanni Valadez is a beautiful 8 year old girl who isn't capable of asking anyone for anything. Having been born with Congenital Hydrocephalus, a buildup of excessive fluid in her brain, she suffers from respiratory problems, is diabetic, blind and cannot function on her own. Her mom and nurse already do all the moving for her, but after critical pieces of medical equipment were stolen from her home in Weslaco, they've been carrying Yanni from one location to another and placing her in a wheelchair which is not suited for her fragile body.
"She's all dead weight so she is heavy, but we'll do anything for Yanni," said Ruby Valadez. After Action 4 News aired Yanni's family's Call 4 Action in finding her stolen mobility base which holds her seat and a stander which is vital to her therapy, Border Mobility jumped in to save the day.
"I came by the home and introduced myself to mom, met Yanni and saw what the need was," said Efrain Guerrero.
Guerrero called on a manufacturer of mobility bases and Snug Seat sent over a piece of equipment which Yanni was able to fit right into.
"The mobility base will allow Yanni's parents to bring her out into the community easier," said Guerrero.
While Border Mobility works on getting a stander for Yanni, they've provided a demo for her to use in the meantime so that she won't miss out on anymore necessary therapy. Yanni may not be able to understand what is going on or express her gratitude, but her mother says
Yanni will be much more comfortable getting moved around in the $3,000 mobility base donated by Border Mobility. She's thanking them on behalf of the little girl who is benefitting the most from this act of generosity.
"Words cannot describe how thankful we are," said Valadez.