Soaring Gas Prices Affect Family Who Have To Spend $300 To Visit Critically-Ill Newborn At Hospital

Soaring Gas Prices Affect Family Who Have To Spend $300 To Visit Critically-Ill Newborn At Hospital

The mom-of-four revealed that her baby boy was diagnosed with a condition that requires surgery to help him breathe.

The cost of gas has skyrocketed in the past couple of weeks and many families are paying the price. One family from Tulare, California claims to be spending $300 and 3.5 hours per trip to visit their sick newborn at Bay Area hospital. Tinisha Dominguez, a mother of four, shared that her youngest son was diagnosed with a condition that requires life-saving surgery to help him breathe.



"It's really hard, but I've got to be strong for all of us," Dominguez told KGO. "They cut the jaw and put metal plates and rods and then after the surgery, they would distract it for twelve days to bring his jaw forward." While the surgery at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital was a success, he still needs time to recover. The mother has been staying with him at the hospital, which is in San Francisco. What's heartbreaking is that her husband can only make the three-and-a-half-hour drive from Tulare, which is in central California, to the hospital when he can afford it. "My husband does come back and forth when he can. It is hard due to the gas prices," she said, pointing out that a round trip is now costing the family more than $300.



The family has turned to a local nonprofit organization for help. However, gas prices are making it tough, according to the executive director. "We are nowhere near being able to meet the demand for gas at the moment," said Sara Alexander, Executive Director, Bay Area There with Care. The organization usually provides assistance to families via care packages or gas cards, but if prices continue to get any higher, it’s going to get tough. “Knowing that they're having to choose between paying rent, getting food on their table, or filling their gas tanks I mean that's a tremendous amount of stress on families with a sick child,” she shared. “Previously, we were helping families with $25 to $50 worth of gas and now knowing that a tank of gas can cost more than $100 we recognize there's so much more we can do," Alexander said.



The Dominguezes are open to any form of help at this point. "Whatever they can give in any amount or whatever it is really it does make it a difference," said Dominguez, adding that they will continue to pay to go back-and-forth for their son. "Once we're home and settled, my greatest hope is to give back," she said. "To give back to everyone who's given to us." The mom said she’s trying to stay hopeful so that she can be with her loved ones. "I'm just waiting for the day for us all to be together again," she shared.


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