Young Fallbrook family in need; father and infant son have critical medical issues

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 (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.

7 Responses to "Young Fallbrook family in need; father and infant son have critical medical issues"

  1. ZZZ   March 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    They need to obtain medical insurance?? Really?? Oct 1, 2013, all people were to acquire insurance, the full purpose of Obamacare…hmmm, and both had prior conditions and couldn’t be turned away.

  2. Fallbrook Mom   March 21, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Will be keeping them all in our prayers!

  3. Lee   March 21, 2014 at 10:28 am

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, we all need help from time to time. We all do. Every one of us falls down at times and needs a helping hand. There is absolutely nothing wrong in asking for help when needed.

    What IS wrong is for those of us who are in a position to help . . . to turn a blind eye and deaf ear and NOT help. THAT is shameful. THAT is wrong.

    Let us PLEASE help this young couple in this moment of need! Come on, Fallbrook, we are "The Friendly Village" after all. Donate a buck or two; whatever you can. The population of Fallbrook is approx. 30,000; so if each of us donated, say, $5, less than the cost of a pizza, we’d raise $150,000.

    Come on, Fallbrook, let’s help them out! We can do this. We MUST do this. We are all our brother’s keepers. We know this. If YOU needed help, you would WANT help. Let’s not kid ourselves. Their baby Danny is completely innocent, and I know that EVERY mother out there feels for him! Help Danny and this family, please!

    Two side notes. THIS is the result when we, as a nation, do not take care of our PEOPLE and do not have universal health care! Shame on us as a nation! We need universal healthcare!

    Two, doctors, nurses and hospital administrators, would it REALLY "kill" you if, seeing that this family is in financial need, that you could give them a break and, YES, offer them FREE medical care? Would that REALLY "kill" you? Really?! Are you a doctor because of the money and so that you can live in a 6,000 sq. ft. mansion and drive a beemer, etc., . . . or do you practice medicine to HELP people?

    Which one is it, medical community? Dinero or life?

    I should like to think that we are here on this earth for a greater purpose than just to stuff our wallets. I hope that we are here to live in peace, to respect our planet, and to help one another WHENEVER we can!

    After the word ‘to love’, ‘to help’ is the second-most important word in the English language . . . or any other.

    got love?

  4. Hmm   March 21, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    While I am in agreement with most of what LEE says about helping eachother..and God knows each of us will do what we can…let us not forget those who don’t get an article in the paper..there are many families who are suffering..and I don’t see where hospitals are going to start to give away services..they can’t,Lee. no one works for free these days..the address is above..and those who can..will.thanks and prayers.

  5. ZZZ   March 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I agree Hmm, I do agree with Lee in that we can all help, that isn’t the issue. These people got the media coverage, there are several thousands just like them. What I don’t understand, again, is why they didn’t sign up for Obamacare back in October when they knew he was sick and she was pregnant, that covers all three people here and they still have until Monday.

    Hospitals can’t turn anyone away-that is what our taxes pay for….no matter their citizenship (I’m not saying this about this young couple, they probably are citizens)…so this will get paid, never-the-less.

  6. ZZZ   March 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    AND if you are over 26 and have no insurance, you will be penalized on your tax returns, year end 2014. I have heard although, the penalty would be less than paying 12 months of insurance…

  7. Reality Checker   March 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Probably haven’t signed up for the same reasons millions of others haven’t. The website was kaput, couldn’t sign up even if they wanted to. And, the premiums are probably as much as thier rent, which they probably already have a hard time covering each month. That’s gubmint run healthcare for ya, expensive and crappy, with no other choices, except to just not enroll. I don’t blame them, not one bit. The gubmint took away all their affordable options.


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