Charitable acts help sick Texas boy get home

A group of GoFundMe contributors and a medical transport company teamed up to help a Texas boy return home after he came to Valhalla for treatment of a degenerative genetic disorder.

A group of GoFundMe contributors and a medical transport company teamed up to help a Texas boy return home after he came to Valhalla for treatment of a degenerative genetic disorder. (2/15/17)

VALHALLA - A group of GoFundMe contributors and a medical transport company teamed up to help a Texas boy return home after he came to Valhalla for treatment of a degenerative genetic disorder.

Robert Fausto, 5, has adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD. It took away his abilities to walk and talk within weeks of his diagnosis.

"All he can do is cry," says his mother, Rene Gonsales. "When he's in pain, sometimes he looks at me. When I talk to him, he can't respond to me anymore -- or even hold his own head up."

His mother brought him to Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center for help, but with mounting medical costs, paying for the trip home proved difficult.

Many people donated to a GoFundMe campaign Gonsales set up, but it wasn't enough to cover the trip. So Express Air Medical Transport, an air ambulance company, donated a flight to Robert and his mom.

They left Wednesday and were expected to make a pit stop in Kentucky before finally arriving at home in Houston.

"He gets to see all his family now," Gonsales says. "Hopefully that'll get a smile out of him."

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