SAN ANTONIO - It is every mother's fear, a newborn in need of urgent medical care, and in the case of three month-old Robert Garcia a liver transplant. But that was more than 20 years ago. Today, Robert who likes to be called “Chuco” is 21, and he survived that liver transplant when he was a baby, and now inspires others to never give up.
“I've been living on my liver transplant, and I'm a survivor of 20 years, and now I'm having to deal with kidney issues, and sooner or later I will need a kidney transplant” says Chuco who is hoping for a donor soon.
Chuco is also a youth inspirational speaker. And proud of his Mexican-American heritage loves to wear "Zoot suits" when he speaks at schools. He also shares his story in an autobiographical documentary he has produced. His dreams is to go back to school and be a filmmaker, and wants to inspire others to also follow their dreams.
His mother Estella remembers how hard it was when Robert was a baby, but she is proud of his strength and accomplishments “I encourage him to keep going, to be active and never give up” she says.
And her son is listening, and asking others to do the same. "Everyday just waking up in the morning, I thank God for just being there for me every day, every second of the day.... I don't live by days, I live by seconds.... Every second that I get to move is a blessing for me” says Chuco as he tells others to appreciate life, be good and help others.
To learn more about Chuco visit: www.chucogarcia.com