OCEANSIDE — On May 4, Jacob Wallis and Lucy Verde, parents of baby Izaiah, received a free car, compliments of New Cars Inc. and San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union. The couple were picked up via limousine and taken to SDMCU’s headquarters in Kearny Mesa where New Cars Inc., Passion 4 K.I.D.S. and San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union presented the car.
In addition, baby Izaiah Wallis, now 2 years old, was released from Rady Children’s Hospital May 17, seven months after being violently struck while in his stroller by a teen drunk driver.
Although Izaiah has made progress, he remains paralyzed from the chest down, suffers from brain damage, has a feeding tube due to inability to swallow as well as a catheter. He is still breathing through a tracheotomy and ventilator. His long-term recovery is unknown at this time.
Izaiah will require 24-hour care, which will have to be provided by Izaiah’s parents who have been certified by the hospital after intense training on the many medical machines he will go home with. A new home is needed to accommodate his wheelchair and other special needs, a handicapped van is needed to transport him around and he will require comprehensive physical and occupational therapy for the foreseeable future.
Izaiah will live in a temporary home until the remaining $38,000 is raised to purchase a properly equipped home for him that will become a permanent family home.
Dennis Maness, founder of Brain Tek Institute, a San Diego-based brain research facility who has assisted thousands of people to regain the use of their limbs, will be donating his services to work extensively with baby Izaiah on an out-patient basis.
Izaiah recently celebrated his second birthday in April at Children’s Hospital. Shortly before the toddler’s birthday, his father’s car caught fire while he was on his way to visit his son and the family has been unable to replace the vehicle.
The family’s story has struck a chord with individuals and companies throughout the city, and many people have rallied to show their support. Passion 4 K.I.D.S. has been integrally involved with the family from the beginning and has been collecting funds for the family. SDMCU heard about the family’s plight and decided to partner with the credit union’s auto buying service, NCI, to give the Wallis family a car, a Mazda sedan, in their
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