Family of 4 Quarantines Themselves for Over a Year to Save 5-Year-Old's Life

Parents will do just about anything to ensure their child is safe and healthy. Glenn and Cara O'Neill had to make a very tough decision for their family. In efforts to give their 5-year-old daughter the best chance of receiving necessary treatments for an unthinkable disease, the family chose to undergo a self-imposed quarantine.

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For the past 453 days, Glenn, his wife Cara, and 8-year-old son Beckham have remained at home with little to no visitors. Even though they still play games and do activities as a family, they aren't always able to enjoy the simplest of life's pleasures -- including trips to the grocery store, sleepovers, and birthday parties with friends.

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The O'Neill family is relentless when it comes to finding a cure for their daughter. Eliza suffers from Sanfilippo syndrome, type A, an extremely rare disease that prevents the body from properly breaking down sugar molecules. Sadly, Eliza has the most severe form and will likely experience loss of speech, movement, and the ability to care for herself. "Over time, a toxic material called heparan sulfate builds up in their brain and body leading to severe disability and death before they even reach their teens," Eliza's GoFundMe page states.

It's extremely heartbreaking to ever imagine what families go through when a loved one, let alone child, suffers. "As a father, you want to be able to protect your children," says Glenn in a touching YouTube video.

Take a look.

It's unfathomable to think of children that suffer like this. I truly hope this family and others are able to find the cure they so desperately want.

This story should not only make us hug our babies a little tighter but also appreciate the things we have, big or small, in life.

 

Image via The VonWong/YouTube

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