Every parent’s greatest fear is the loss of a child. And Benjie Fido, father of son Antonio, who was born 25-weeks premature, lives with that fear every hour of every day. Fortunately, Antonio is now 13 years old but still has ongoing medical issues. His fears are heightened, however, with COVID-19.
Antonio has only one lung and lives with a tracheotomy, so something as simple as a common cold could rapidly escalate into a life-threatening condition. When you add the fear of exposure to the coronavirus into the mix, that anxiety increases exponentially. Every time Benjie goes out to run errands or takes Antonio to one of his many medical appointments, he knows he is potentially introducing a great risk to his beloved son. While the rest of us simply don a mask, Benjie wrestles with how to cover Antonio’s tracheotomy as well…and that isn’t easy.