This March, Ari received a heart transplant and all seemed to be going well. Tragically, he began to severely reject his new heart and he went into cardiac arrest. He was put into a medically induced coma and connected to an external device to take the place of his compromised heart. Due to the valiant efforts of the doctors and staff at Children’s Hospital, and because Ari is the toughest human on the planet, he fought back and now is off the external pump and just recently had the breathing tube removed. He still has a long way to go, but his battle has been truly amazing.
As if things weren’t bad enough, as the family was looking forward to bringing Ari home, they discovered that was not going to be possible. The walls and ceilings of the family home which Ari shares with a younger brother and sister were found to be full of black mold. This mold and the resulting rot deteriorated the house to the point of being structurally unstable. Add to this the fact that Ari has a severely compromised immune system. The threat of unseen mold hidden in the walls made the complete demolition and reconstruction of the home the only prudent choice. Insurance only covers the removal of the mold, not the reconstruction.
Mike and Erica Schultz need our help to get their home rebuilt as they continue to deal with Ari’s medical issues. There have been many generous offers to donate goods and services in support of this effort, but much more is still needed.
Erland Construction has joined Elite Installations in donating construction management services, and The Architectural Team has donated their services as well. Please email Dan James at firstname.lastname@example.org with any offers or questions on how you can help rebuild the Schultz family’s home.
We look forward to your help in ensuring that there is a safe, well-built house to which the Schultz family can bring home Ari and his siblings.
For more information on Ari please refer to Echo of Hope or Youcaring.