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'There is nothing like being home': Family returns home after spending a year in hospital

Angel Sanchez has been in and out of the hospital since birth.

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Health problems started from birth for 8-year-old Angel Sanchez.

"You expect things to go OK with your baby," Angel's mother, Aurora Garcia, said through a translator.

Garcia said her son, Angel, was born with his intestines twisted around each other. Angel was also born with heart complications that led to two open-heart surgeries. Angel's older brother, 11-year-old Mark Sanchez, said his brother was always seeing doctors.

"It was like two years ago, when I was in the third or fourth grade. I'm not sure. Angel had an appointment for Nebraska Medicine," Mark said.

Doctors eventually put Angel on TPN, or total parenteral nutrition, meaning Angel was fed through a tube. Garcia said the side effects of TPN caused more issues.

"Originally, Angel had to come regularly, yearly for checkups because of his liver condition, because the TPN damaged his liver," Garcia said.

Angel waited six months for a liver transplant, then Nebraska Medicine came through for him.

"When he received his transplant in April 2019, we stayed in the hospital up until recently," Garcia said.

Garcia said Angel had internal bleeding the day after his surgery, then he developed kidney stones months later.

"All of that took time," she said.

After a 13 month recovery, they are finally able to go back home to Houston, Texas.

"I know that this is a great place and they've been great to me, but there is nothing like being home with family," she said.

Mark said Angel can finally be a kid again.

"He likes to take baths a lot and also he likes to run, play and prank me sometimes," Mark said.

Garcia is grateful for the support from the Ronald McDonald House and Angel's team of doctors at Nebraska Medicine.