Jazmin Burgos Velasquez (6 ½ Years old) – Liver Transplant Recipient

Jazmin was born in September of 2010, and during a newborn screen test it was discovered that Jazmin had Maple syrup urine disease. The disease is an inherited disorder in which the body is unable to process certain protein building blocks (amino acids) properly. The condition gets its name from the distinctive sweet odor of affected infants’ urine and is also characterized by poor feeding, vomiting, lack of energy (lethargy), and developmental delay. If untreated, maple syrup urine disease can lead to seizures, coma, and death.

The Alberta Children’s hospital in Calgary became a second home for the family from the time Jazmin was four days old. When Jazmin was four years old, the disease progressed to the point that only a liver transplant could save her life. Mom, Celina and Jazmin relocated to Edmonton for the transplant while Dad Jose remained back at home in Strathmore to keep the family financially afloat.

With the help of the David Foster Foundation the family covered the additional transplant expenses of accommodation in Edmonton, meals, gas, and parking so Dad could spend weekends, and any extra time with his family in Edmonton. After seven long months, Jazmin finally received the gift of organ donation to save her life. Today, Jazmin is six and a half years old. Thanks to a family who found it in their heart to donate their child’s organs to help save the life of another the Burgos Velasquez family was given the opportunity to see their little girl grow up.