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      Pneumonia stricken child has new home

      A family near Penitas got a donation that is life changing and life saving for their little two-year-old boy.

      Two-year-old Juan Manuel Perez was diagnosed with pneumonia two weeks ago.

      "He has weak lungs, and we have to be very careful with him," said Perez.

      He stayed in the hospital for a few days but doctors didn't want him returning to his home.

      "He needs to be in a clean room all to himself," said the boy TMs mother San Juana De La Rosa.

      The Perez family were living in this small trailer in a Penitas colonia sharing beds and sleeping on the floor.

      "Since it's such a small trailer, the conditions weren't good for his health," said De La Rosa.

      When Buckner International, a Christian ministry found out about this family's struggle, they wanted to help.

      They partnered up with the Texas and Illinois Women's Missionary Union and built this new home, so that little Juan Manuel could sleep easy.

      "We picked them and the homeowner Juan has been with us every step of the way, and we are just so delighted that they will have a new place that they can move into next week," said Sandy Wisdom Martin, of the Women TMs Missionary Union.

      "I'm just so emotional right now, said De La Rosa TMs husband, Juan. Words cannot describe how I feel."

      Nineteen volunteers, seventeen of them women between the ages of 43 and 74, arrived Sunday and built

      the home in no time.

      By next week, they expect to be finished.

      "This is a dream come true for us," said De La Rosa.

      De La Rosa was overcome by emotion when the volunteers gave them the keys to their new home.

      She said her family will never forget this group of women who built their home with such love.