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Toddler comes home for Christmas from hospital

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 25 2013 09:30:25 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 26 2013 11:34:34 AM CST

it's a holiday miracle for one brave Berks County toddler who's been fighting for his life

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. -

One Berks County mother is calling her Christmas a holiday miracle.

Her 18-month-old son, who has been fighting for his life since he was born, was able to spend his first Christmas out of the hospital.

"It's the best. I don't even need presents. I'm just happy that I have my son home," said Katiria Melendez.

Katiria's son, Jasiel, suffers from Neutropenia, a blood disorder that limits his ability to fight off infection.

The Muhlenberg Twp. toddler's sickness was so severe that Katiria even had to put her modeling career on hold so she could be by her son's side as he fought to stay alive.

"It wasn't more of I have to put something on hold. It was more of this is what I had to do. He's my son," said Katiria.

At one point, Katiria even had Jasiel baptized in the hospital because she thought he wasn't going to survive.

"It was really, really critical," Katiria said.

Now that Jasiel is out of the hospital, Katiria has to make sure Jasiel's oxygen tanks are prepared, and stay on top of a long list of his medications.

The family says Jasiel should grow out of illness as he gets older.

But for now, they are counting their blessings.

"It's definitely a miracle," said Katiria.