Born in 2014, Alex Ponce was born with Down syndrome and complete AVSD, a congenital heart defect and struggled with pneumonia until he was 7 months old.
At 9 ½ months old he had open heart surgery to repair a small hole in his heart. He tolerated the surgery well, but during recovery he suffered cardiac arrest and blood clots, causing a stroke. Not knowing if he would survive, Alex’s mother, Martha, had him baptized in the hospital. Thankfully, Alex recovered well enough to go home a month after surgery. Alex fought hard and continues to slowly recover from the stroke.
Now nearly 3 years old, Alex is walking with a little help. His recovery has been amazing. He has gone to Children’s Village for physical and occupational therapy since he was 6 weeks old and now also receives speech therapy. The family is grateful to Children’s Village for helping supply a walker for Alex until he was approved to get his own and for helping him get a toddler bed to keep him safe at night. The Village staff love him as much as his family does and share in his ups and downs in life.
The youngest in a big family, Alex is very social. He is lucky to have a great mom and dad and a bunch of siblings who are a big part of his recovery. When they found out the newest member of their family would have Down syndrome all his siblings wanted to know is if he would be able to play with them, and every day they do just that!
Alex’s family is grateful to everyone at Children’s Village for the multitude of services and support they have received. Alex’s mom Martha says, “Thank you to our physical therapist, speech therapist, educator, occupational therapist and family coordinator, who have all gone above and beyond to help Alex, and for doing everything possible to make our sweet boy’s life better. We will never forget you!”
“Everything in his own time” is what Alex’s mom believes in. Along this journey, Alex shares his beautiful smile as he joyfully takes on each challenge presented by his therapists at Children’s Village.
You can’t rush a miracle like Alex. Everything Alex does or just the joy in his eyes makes his mom smile and realize how special he is and what a joy life is raising him. His mom enjoys every moment of every day in seeing this little miracle show everyone around him what you can overcome if you just keep trying and never give up. It may not be on a time line that is set in front of him, but that’s okay because once all is said and done, “it’s in his own time”.