ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque family needs a wheelchair accessible minivan to keep their daughter, Krysta, safe.
Just a trip to the park in the afternoon is difficult for the Domines’.
“Krysta deals with a lot of things, she’s totally dependent on us for her care,” said mom, Aimee Domines.
The six-year-old was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure when she was a baby.
“What you see here is the result of that going undetected until she was 13 months old,” Domines explained.
Most often, Congestive Heart Failure is caught early on in babies and is quickly fixed to prevent future issues. That was not the case for little Krysta.
Due to the amount of time it took doctors to diagnose her, she now suffers from several health problems such as Hypoxic brain injury to seizures to Scoliosis.
“It’s one thing to be a teacher of a child with special needs, it’s a totally different thing to be a parent of a child with a special need,” Domines said.
Aimee Domines’ teacher salary is the only income for their household. Husband and father, John, stays at home to take care of Krysta.
It’s because of this, and because insurance won’t cover it, that the family is asking for help in purchasing a wheelchair accessible minivan.
For Krysta, it’s a safety measure. Her brittle bones are extremely prone to fracturing, and that can happen as she’s moved in and out of her parents’ Chevy Trailblazer each car ride.
“The use of the van and the ramp it ensures that the ride that she’s in right now (her wheelchair), she gets to stay in,” Domines said.
The van will also cut down on the tiresome routine for John and Aimee, who have to get Krysta out of the wheelchair, load her into the car, load the wheelchair onto a tailgate mount, strap it down and cover it. Then they have to do it in reverse when they get to their destination.
The couple has a crowdfunding website set up through redbasket.org, which gives 100 percent of the donations back to the family in need.
They say they’re extremely thankful for anyone who donates, and wants them to know how much it will help improve the life of a child they were told they couldn’t conceive.
“It’s hard when you go from having all of those expectations [of a child] to being completely shattered and heartbroken,” Domines said, crying.