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Mystic — A parade of vehicles and emergency autos with sirens and music blaring traveled Tuesday night by a Mystic neighborhood to rejoice the return dwelling of a younger boy who earned the nickname “Superman.”
With indicators and messages saying “Welcome House,” “We love you, Joey” and “#TeamJoey,” neighborhood members confirmed assist and shocked an area household whose 3-year-old son, Joey Gomez, just lately had a kidney transplant after being on dialysis.
“There’s nothing that stopped this child,” mentioned household good friend Janis Krotsis, who organized the parade.
Joey’s mother and father, Kristen Rossi Gomez and Mark Gomez, mentioned that at the same time as Joey skilled illnesses and points in his life, he nonetheless put a smile on his face.
“He’s essentially the most superb child on the planet,” Kristen mentioned. “I believe everyone’s so in love with him and has been since earlier than he was even born.”
Joey was born with a uncommon genetic dysfunction that affected his kidneys, his mother and father mentioned. At 6 months outdated, he began chemotherapy, and two days earlier than his first birthday he had a kidney eliminated after which began dialysis. A 12 months later, he suffered a stroke and docs determined the second kidney ought to be eliminated as a result of it was inflicting points with blood strain and different features.
Joey was energetic on the transplant listing for greater than a thousand days. Final 12 months, the household acquired a cellphone name about a donor, however that kidney ended up going to another person 4 hours earlier than Joey’s surgical procedure was scheduled to start, his mother and father mentioned.
He obtained the transplant on July 17 and returned dwelling after two and a half weeks within the hospital, his mother and father mentioned. He’s doing nicely and might now expertise actions and meals that he wasn’t in a position to take pleasure in earlier than.
“He can go swimming,” his father mentioned. “He can go to the seaside.”
The household is thrilled that he lastly discovered a kidney. He’ll proceed with medical care and finally may have one other kidney later down the highway, Kristen mentioned. His mother and father and siblings might be a match for him when he is older.
Krotsis organized the parade with good friend Linda Macrino to rejoice that Joey obtained a kidney and present assist for him and the whole Gomez household.
“They’re superb,” Krotsis mentioned.
Krotsis mentioned Kristen, Joey’s mom, has been working at Latitude 41 restaurant and training cheerleading for the Groton Mystic Falcons Youth Soccer/Cheer League, and is at all times smiling and upbeat. Mark, Joey’s father, stop his job to remain dwelling with Joey for dialysis and “didn’t miss a beat” in taking good care of him. Joey’s older siblings, TJ and Elizabeth, even have been understanding.
Krotsis mentioned she invited buddies, first responders and the Groton Mystic Falcons Youth Soccer/Cheer League to hitch the parade and, although the household has by no means requested for something, she organized for a donation basket to assist them.
By means of all of it, the household has continued to provide again to the neighborhood, Krotsis mentioned, and she or he desires them to know that the neighborhood is there for them.
“I simply need them to know the neighborhood is behind them and that we see and we’ve seen the whole lot that they’ve been by,” she mentioned, “and I simply need them to know: that is how a lot love and the way a lot assist you might have.”
Kristen mentioned the whole neighborhood has been supportive and it feels superior to have Joey again dwelling.
“We’re so fortunate to be his mother and father,” she mentioned. “We’re actually blessed.”
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