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Amazon Delivery Driver Prayed for Boy With Heart Defect and High COVID-19 Risk

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What happened: Raquel and Derek Pearson’s son Lucas has aberrant right subclavian artery (ARSA), a heart defect that requires food thickeners to prevent him from aspirating. Pearson told KTVB they rely on delivery services for Lucas’ supplies to minimize his COVID-19 risk, and they left a note thanking delivery drivers outside their home. When Amazon delivery driver Monica Salinas saw the note, she took a moment to pray for Lucas, which was caught on the Pearson’s Ring camera.

There was a note and it said their baby’s food was essential, and every time I see that note, it just touches my heart. I just stopped to do what my heart told me to do, to say a prayer for the baby and for the parents, because that’s got to be very painful for all of them to see their baby hurt and struggle. I just prayed that they can make it through another day, one day at a time. –Monica Salinas

The Frontlines: COVID-19 is a new-to-humans coronavirus that can cause a wide range of symptoms, but is best known to cause respiratory illness. For those like Lucas who have a pre-existing heart or lung condition, the risk of serious complications can be higher. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends several best practices to reduce your risk:

  • Wear a face mask while around other people, and ask others to do the same around you and your family
  • Minimize your time in the community, and when you must go out, maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others
  • Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer for times when you aren’t able to wash your hands right away

A Mighty Voice: Our contributor, Dino Scanio, shared just one of many concerns parents of medically complex kids have about COVID-19. “As a family, we will now be living with even more concern than ever. Will the friends visiting us pose a risk to our son, or will the family anniversary party cause a problem, a couple of days later?” You can submit your first person story, too.

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Header image screenshot via Derek and Raquel Pearson/KTVB

Originally published: May 27, 2020
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