Help Walter

I’m Walter Lopez (fellow WordPress developer) and I need help to raise $75,000 for my (deaf) infant son’s Cochlear implants. The deadline is MAY 2021 (son’s 2-year old birthday), as recommended by specialists to prevent further loss of motor skill development.

Juan Jose (my son’s name) unfortunate diagnosis:

My wife and I first noticed a problem with our son 1 year ago (when he was 4 months old). We were at a family wedding during the storm season when a strong thunder happened. Strangely, my son didn’t react to it while everyone was scared. The same week, strong winds slammed the door shut in the room where he slept. To our surprise, again he didn’t react.

We consulted with a pediatrician who referred us to a specialist to test for Auditory Evoked Potential. But by that time, the Covid lockdown started in our country and we couldn’t schedule for the test until 5 months later. We had no idea how much precious time was lost.

The 2 main specialists for hearing impairment are Otoneurologist (few neurologists subspecialize in otoneurology around the worldand Phono Neurologist. (I will confirm the exact title soon.) In Honduras, the real specialist is from the United States. He always needs to travel to assist the in-process learning Honduran surgeon, located in Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazan.

By the time we were able to test, my son’s diagnosis came back as Bilateral Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss.

What is Bilateral Profound Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

  • Bilateral meaning both ears.
  • Profound meaning deaf.
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss is permanent. (It means the nerve connecting to the brain is not working, and is usually treated with implant acting as the replacement for the nerve.)

With either definition, if you have profound hearing loss, you won’t hear most everyday sounds without amplification, just loud sounds. You might catch a 100-decibel ambulance siren if your car window is open—but not someone calling you from behind.

Profound hearing loss usually stems from a birth defect or an illness or injury, not from age. Many people in this group read lips or use sign language as they cannot typically hear speech. However, people with severe or profound hearing loss can still benefit from hearing aids.  

– Healthy Hearing (https://www.healthyhearing.com)

In JJ’s case, he doesn’t hear anything. His brain barely received any sound even above 195 decibels!

Testing for implants or hearing aids.

While the diagnosis is the worst that any parent could ever receive for their child, we wanted to find the best help that we could. The otolaryngologist instructed us to make more tests (blood test, magnetic resonance and CT in the ears) and see if he would need implants or just hearing aids. In this process, we consulted with every specialist we could find. We searched all over our country of Honduras to learn there was only 1 specialist of this level. During this time…my wife and I considered even to make visas to visit other countries and consult different specialists. Hoping maybe…someone might have a different opinion for us. But it is impossible with this Covid lockdown.

The last appointment was made on December 1, 2020. The diagnosis was final. My son needs Cochlear implants in both ears. The cost of the implants is $63.2k (31.6k each) plus $12k for hospitalization, medical fees and surgery costs. (See official document – Our country primary language is Spanish. I’m going to translate it to English in the coming days).

Why the Cochlear implant surgery has to be done now.

My son needs to be implanted as soon as possible to reduce the gap of his loss of motor skills. The specialists recommend to make the surgery no later than 2 years old and maximum 3 years. He is 1.5 years old (as of December, 2020). My wife and I are trying to save as much money as we can but it’s been very challenging.

On behalf of my little family

We thank you wholeheartedly for hearing out this story. It’s a strange place for us to be. But today and hopefully never again…we ask for your help and support. This is your chance to be our hero.

Thank you and best of wishes to you.

How you can help

Pure Water
Donate Money

No amount too big or small. Anything helps. Anything is appreciated and we really mean that. $1, $5, $20, $100. Any little bit helps. Offline donations, please use the contact form.

Love & Care
Thoughts & Prayers

Don’t have extra funds? We know…it’s been a crazy Corona year for everyone. Kind words, hugs, thoughts & prayers are appreciated just as much. Please share with your social circle.

Travel Activities
Hire Walter

While Walter is in limited capacity for the oncoming months, he can be booked for future work. He does custom development and also offers website maintenance packages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this donation tax-deductible?

No, this is not a non-profit org. It’s a person from the community who needs help now.

How much of the donations go to Walter?

Other than transaction fees (~5%), Walter receives all of it.

Why didn’t we use GoFundMe?

GoFundMe (along with other crowdfunding platforms) do not support the country of Honduras.

Donors

Special thanks to our donors. Please checkout their businesses; many of them are top WP developers/contributors.

Anonymous User
FG

Filippo Guglielmetti

April 20, 2021
Anonymous User
ML

Anonymous

April 6, 2021
Anonymous User
DP

Dylan Punchihewa

February 15, 2021

May the little one get the care he needs!

Anonymous User
DF

Dr. Antonio G. Farruggia-Bochnak

Dyslexic Brain Coach

February 8, 2021

Keep on going with the fundraising Walter – I am praying with all of my heart that you hit your target. Please send my love to JJ 🙂

Anonymous User
DF

Dr. Antonio G. Farruggia-Bochnak

Dyslexic Brain Coach

January 22, 2021

Walter, you and your wife are such wonderful people and I'm so proud to be connected with you through work. Give my love to JJ 🙂

Anonymous User
SR

Anonymous

January 17, 2021
Anonymous User
EF

Ernest Falconer

Disrupt2Create

January 16, 2021
Anonymous User
KW

Anonymous

January 12, 2021
Anonymous User
JS

Jodi Stammer

Uncorked Design

January 11, 2021

I will pray that your son gets the help he needs!

Anonymous User
KA

Kori Ashton

January 11, 2021

Prayers from Texas

Anonymous User
HW

Hashim Warren

Hashim Warren

January 11, 2021
Anonymous User
SH

Shaylee Hansen

January 11, 2021
Anonymous User
BH

Anonymous

January 11, 2021
Anonymous User
JP

Josh Pollock

January 11, 2021
Anonymous User
MJ

Anonymous

January 11, 2021
Anonymous User
MH

Mike Hemberger

BizBudding

January 11, 2021

I will be praying for your son and your fam!

Anonymous User
P

Pranoti

January 8, 2021

I pray your child gets well soon and is healthy forever

Anonymous User
NL

Nicola Losito

January 7, 2021

best to you all 🙏🏻

Anonymous User
Md

Milan de Keijzer

January 2, 2021

Wishing your family all the best!

Anonymous User
IC

Irving Cohen

December 29, 2020
Anonymous User
EF

Ernest Falconer

Disrupt2Create

December 25, 2020
Anonymous User
L

Lauren

LitespeedTech.com

December 24, 2020
Anonymous User
WL

Walter Lopez

WP Allied

December 24, 2020
Anonymous User
JP

Jon Penland

December 22, 2020
Anonymous User
D

David

December 19, 2020
Anonymous User
dk

Anonymous

December 18, 2020
Anonymous User
RG

Rui Guerreiro

WP Mobile Menu

December 17, 2020

Everything will be fine

Anonymous User
K

Koen

December 17, 2020
Anonymous User
MK

Michael Kwan

Pixl

December 17, 2020

Get well soon lil guy!

Anonymous User
R

Anonymous

December 17, 2020
Anonymous User
Rd

Remkus de Vries

December 17, 2020
Anonymous User
JS

Jason Summerour

December 17, 2020

Best of luck!!

Anonymous User
MB

Marcel Bootsman

December 17, 2020
Anonymous User
M

Anonymous

December 17, 2020
Anonymous User
BI

Benjamin Intal

Stackable

December 16, 2020
Anonymous User
J

Anonymous

December 15, 2020
Anonymous User
LB

Laurence Burton

Weather Company/IBM

December 15, 2020
Anonymous User
CH

Anonymous

December 15, 2020
Anonymous User
AM

Adelbert Madali

December 15, 2020

Best wishes…

Anonymous User
DP

Daryl P

December 15, 2020
Anonymous User
TS

Travis Smith

WP Smith

December 15, 2020

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!

Anonymous User
TM

Teresa Magnuson

Sunny & Clear

December 15, 2020
Anonymous User
KD

Anonymous

Anything Graphic

December 14, 2020
Anonymous User
NL

Nicolai Lonne

DIVEIN.com

December 14, 2020

Best of luck to your whole family

Anonymous User
Hn

Hong ng

December 14, 2020

Hang in there. Dawn will come. 🙂

Anonymous User
C

Anonymous

December 12, 2020
Anonymous User
TF

Thomas Fanelli

Convesio

December 11, 2020

I will keep you and your son in my prayers.

Anonymous User
CK

Chloe Kilmore

December 11, 2020
Anonymous User
DW

Dave Warfel

Escape Creative

December 11, 2020

Sending positive vibes ❤️

Anonymous User
JW

Jules Webb

Jules Webb

December 11, 2020
Anonymous User
GP

Gene P

Wellspring Web Studio

December 11, 2020
Anonymous User
CD

Carrie Dils

8177151471

December 9, 2020

❤️🙏👂

Anonymous User
MM

Anonymous

December 9, 2020
Anonymous User
S

Anonymous

December 9, 2020
Anonymous User
BH

Benjamin Houy

December 9, 2020
Anonymous User
RN

Anonymous

December 9, 2020
Anonymous User
L

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
S

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
S

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
i

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
CP

Clifford Paulick

TourKick LLC

December 8, 2020

We haven't met, but prayers and rooting for you and your family.

Anonymous User
DD

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
M

Milla

December 8, 2020

Praying for your son

Anonymous User
H

Hanna

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
CH

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
P

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
J

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
D

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
L

Laura

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
N

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
DT

Daan Tol

WPLIft

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
E

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
MW

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
Dw

Dan wimble

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
ES

Emily Severin

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
CH

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
RP

Ritika Poddar

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
MF

Michelle Frechette

GiveWP

December 8, 2020

Best wishes for JJ!

Anonymous User
TB

Tye Brown

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
A

Anita

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
M

Anonymous

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
SG

Sallie Goetsch

WP Fangirl

December 8, 2020
Anonymous User
MV

Michaela Vais

December 7, 2020

Sending love and prayers! All the best for JJ!

Anonymous User
SG

Sara Graybill

Graybill Creative

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
CZ

Connie Zamora

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
DV

David Vogelpohl

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
BF

Anonymous

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
KH

KRISTIN HANES

Kristin Hanes

December 7, 2020

Thinking of your family!

Anonymous User
A

Abdulla

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
JK

John Kramer

Calle Poeta Manuel Alcantara 2

December 7, 2020

Best of luck with everything! I'm sure it will all work out

Anonymous User
AC

Andrew Choi

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
PK

Pankaj Kumar

Journaldev IT Services Private Limited

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
TW

Torsten Wagner

wagnergraphics

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
c

chelo

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
EK

Eduard Koller

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
J

Jane

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
MA

Anonymous

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
D

Anonymous

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
D

Anonymous

December 7, 2020
Anonymous User
JN

Johnny Nguyen

WPJohnny

December 7, 2020

Love you, man. Say hello to JJ for me.