|Pasadena Roots For Baby Dominick
|City Shows Support for Local Infant Fighting For His Life
|ENJOY & SUPPORT LOCAL MEDIA
|The entire community is on edge as local infant, Dominick Swartz, fights for his life at
Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Recently diagnosed in October with infantile
spasms, the youngest son of local influential youth mentor, Manuel "Paco" Swartz,
has already spent nearly a month at CHLA battling a severe lung infection.
After an amniocentesis prior to Dominick's birth, doctors told his parents that they
had detected signs of Trisomy 21, the technical term for "Down Syndrome".
Expected to come into the world in March of 2016, baby Dominick was born nearly
two months premature on February 6th, 2016, at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena,
California. Since birth, Dominick was misdiagnosed with Focal Seizures, which was
later found out to be Infantile Spasms.
"If you have a child that has been in a NICU or PICU ask
questions and research yourself. My son was misdiagnosed
and now it may be too late to correct his disease."
- Manuel "Paco" Swartz, Father
Now receiving treatment for his Infantile Spasms, Dominick continues to fight
and is even awake and responding. As the family takes it one day at a time,
they remain hopeful and optimistic. When asked what message he had for
parents that may be going through something similar, Swartz responded,
"Accept help when offered is very important. And treat them like you would
any other child you have if you have any. Oh, and enjoy every moment you
have with them."
In lieu of cards and balloons, the family will soon be accepting contributions
on Dominick's official Facebook fanpage, "Dominant Dominick".
|Photo provided by Paco Swartz
|Dominick Swartz at CHLA. Photo by The DENA Magazine
|"Paco" Swartz with son Dominick Swartz.
Photo provided by the family.