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BENEFITING: EB Research Partnership


Anton Ezekiel Delgado was born a twin on January 16, 2010 in Russia.   He was born with a very rare skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa. His twin was healthy and was taken home, but Anton was abandoned in the hospital.  God orchestrated a beautiful story and we, a family from Texas, found him and brought him home on March 17, 2012, shortly after his second birthday.

Anton had the biggest personality and smile of anyone around, was brave beyond compare, and became affectionately known as the boy who charmed the world.

EB is devastating genetic condition to which there is currently no cure. In hopes of strengthening Anton's skin and improving his quality of life, he underwent a Bone Marrow Transplant at the University of Minnesota in March 2015 under the care of Dr. Jakub Tolar.  The BMT donor cells would help to strengthen Anton's skin and prevent further blistering and sensitivity to touch and friction.  The BMT was successful, and Anton's skin began to improve.  Wounds that would never heal began to grow skin, and places that were previously sensitive became much stronger.  Anton maintained a very special relationship with Dr. Tolar and we all became great advocates for the groundbreaking research Dr. Tolar continues to work on. He is the most passionate and dedicated doctor and we know he will not stop until a cure is found.

On November 27th, a CT scan showed that Anton had intussusception. His intestines were going into his stomach which was going into his colon, and it was all intertwined.  He underwent a very risky surgery when the doctors tried to repair the damage.  On December 10th, the spot where they repaired the intestines came undone.  Anton's body had been through so much already.  He was weak, and there was nothing else they could do for him.  God gave the us five beautiful days with our Sweet Anton before calling him home.

Thank you! 

HCFD Receives Special Visit

On the afternoon of September 30th, 2015, 14 year old Seth Brenes walked into Haltom City fire station to to say thank you to the firefighters who made a difference in his life. In order to understand the significance of the visit, one must go back to May 30th, 2015 and review the events of that afternoon.

The afternoon of May 30th, 2015 marked the end of the Seth’s eighth-grade school year. In order to celebrate, Seth and several of his friends held an “End of the School Year Party” at a residence in Haltom City. During the course of the activities at the party, Seth’s life changed. An accident in the backyard left Seth with a severe spinal injury with the loss of function in his legs. 911 was called and Haltom City firefighters, along with Medstar, responded to the scene.

Upon their arrival, the firefighters began assessing and treating Seth for his injuries. Upon seeing the serious nature of the injuries, a second fire truck was called to the scene. Eventually, six firefighters were on the scene treating Seth. As the scene progressed, Seth began to lose feeling in his arms.

Medstar transported Seth to Cook Children’s Hospital, where doctors did not give him a very good prognosis based on his injury and symptoms. The doctors diagnosed him as a quadriplegic. As often happens in fire services, once the patient is handed off to the hospital not much information gets back to the people who initially treated the patient. Firefighters went to the hospital to visit Seth early in his stay at Cooks. The connection between Seth and the firefighters began to grow.

Fast-forward through the summer months and Seth began to show some improvement. The improvements culminated in a visit on September 30th, 2015 to HCFD Station 2, when Seth walked in to the station. He wanted to say thank you to the people who made a difference in his life. Five of the six firefighters who responded to the scene in May were at work that day. Everyone present at the reunion were amazed at Seth’s progress.

Meetings such as this is what keeps firefighters and emergency workers coming to work every day. This incident represents how the emergency medical system is supposed to work. A long chain of workers including the 911 call-taker, the HCFD firefighters, Medstar, and all of the nurses and doctors at Cook Children’s Hospital all worked together hoping for a good outcome. Needless to say, the progress made by Seth amazed the firefighters, but the attitude of thankfulness shown by Seth will probably be remembered above all things.

Fire Fighters rescue woman from burning Haltom City home


A cigarette left on a futon in a garage probably was the cause of a fire Wednesday morning that destroyed a house and killed two dogs, fire officials said.  Firefighters knocked out a bedroom window to rescue a woman trapped there, Deputy Fire Chief Fred Napp said. Three adults escaped without injury.

The woman was taken to a hospital where she was treated for smoke inhalation, he said. Her condition was not available Wednesday.  The fire call came in shortly after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday from the 5700 block of Straightaway Drive.

“Someone in the family had gotten up earlier in the morning and went to the garage to smoke,” Napp said. “We believe a cigarette was left on a futon."  When firefighters pulled up, the garage was full of flames. Flames were going through the roof and it spread to the home.  "Firefighters were told that one person was trapped in the home. She was found in a bedroom and firefighters knocked out a window to get her out.”  Firefighters from Haltom City, Richland Hills, Watauga, Fort Worth, Keller, Colleyville and Bedford worked for about 30 minutes to extinguish the flames, authorities said.

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