Members of Calvary Chapel Fallbrook are organizing efforts to aid the Lombera family with prayer support and financial help for their high medical expenses. Both the father, Daniel, and infant son, Danny, are requiring extensive medical treatment.
On Oct. 14, 2013, infant Danny was born to Frances and Daniel Lombera, with gastroschisis, a congenital disease that allowed his intestines to protrude through his abdomen.
Emergency surgery was essential to begin repairing the hole, but today, baby Danny still remains hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Rady’s Children’s Hospital, with no release date in sight. It may even be necessary for baby Danny to receive an intestinal transplant to fully solve the problem.
As if that were not enough for the young family to cope with, a few weeks prior to baby Danny’s birth, his father Daniel started experiencing intense pain throughout his body. After several trips to the emergency room, he was diagnosed in mid-December with severe lupus, an auto-immune disease, began treatment and has just recently been released from UCSD Medical Center.
Frances said, “The most difficult part of Daniel being sick, was knowing that it was possible that he wouldn’t survive the disease he was fighting, and for me to keep strong, and keep a positive attitude, while still facing other health challenges with my newborn son.”
Daniel has a long and challenging journey ahead of him as he is (and has been) uninsured and cannot work because of his condition. Now living with Frances’ parents, the couple’s physical needs are being met, however, they need additional support for their mounting expenses.
Frances is a full-time nursing student at Mira Costa College, and full-time caretaker for both their 4-year-old son Adam as well as Daniel, while also trying to visit baby Danny in the hospital; it is impossible for her to work a full-time job.
Frances is determined to finish her education to become a nurse practitioner. Ultimately, she wants to participate in research for chronic diseases like lupus or cancer. Frances said her encouragement to others facing similar struggles would be, “Keep strong and have faith in God. There is nothing that can prepare you for this kind of situation; but trust in the Lord and He will provide you with His strength to get through it.”
Residents are asked to pray for this family individually and submit a prayer request to their church’s prayer team.
Donations to the family can be made at www.youcaring.com/ (search for Lombera family). A fundraising yard sale will also be held Saturday, April 5 in the CAST parking lot (across from the Mission Theatre) 200 N. Main Ave., from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hand-crafted tamales will be available there too.
Residents who would like to help are asked to bring donations before 6 a.m. Small bags of donation items can also be dropped off at Calvary Chapel Fallbrook, located at 488 Industrial Way, on April 2 and 3, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pick-up will be available for large items, by calling Laurie at (760) 421-7791, after 1 p.m. Pick up of these items will be scheduled for Friday, April 3.
Financial support for the Lombera family will be set aside for transportation costs, ongoing medical treatment, and other essential expenses, including obtaining medical insurance.