Isaiah Custodio was a straight-A student athlete who volunteered in his community feeding the homeless and acting as a big brother to a child in need, but this all changed in September 2015, when during a football practice he suffered from a brain hemorrhage.
When he began throwing up, Isaiah’s mother Christina received a call from the school. By the time she arrived to pick up her son, Isaiah collapsed on the football field, unable to to move. “Something told me to look in his eyes,” she said. Christina noticed one pupil was really small while the other was really big; that’s when she knew something was horribly wrong. ER doctors told Christina and her husband Ozzy that their son Isaiah suffered a severe brain hemorrhage. Christina feared the worst, and that he was going to die.
Standing in the hospital with their whole world spinning Christina did the only thing she could:
“I believed that he was going to die that night and I said, ‘God, please change your mind. Please change your mind. Don’t take him, he’s 13 years old and it’s too young.’ “Everybody gathered around Isaiah and they all held hands and everyone prayed and it was like… it was like our feet weren’t touching the floor. I mean, it was the strangest experience. You could feel the spirit in the room and love and support. You could feel the prayers and just… it was really powerful.”
Isaiah has made a miraculous recovery thanks to these prayers and the efforts of his doctors, but he is still suffering from the aftereffects. He has lost a lot of the motor function in his right hand and arm and he also suffers from aphasia, a communication disorder that makes it hard for him to choose the right words.
While prayers are welcome, the family is struggling to cover his rehabilitation bills and if you would like to assist them you can at their GoFundMe account.
You can learn more abut Isaiah and see an interview with him and his family here.