FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Halloween came early Saturday night for two brothers from North Texas who suffer from the same rare neurological disorder.
Maximillian, 5, and Christopher, 10, were able to trick-or-treat for the first time since they were babies with the help of MedStar paramedics.
“We have two young boys, both of whom have a rare disease called Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease,” said their father, Christopher Watson. “They’ve had it since birth. They’re both tube fed and have very little to no motor skills, and they don’t talk.”
Without the paramedics serving as escorts, the whole family would have missed this experience.
“It means the world to us because we are homebodies,” Watson said. “Because of the children, we have to stay at home. Even us, we don’t go out much. So when you see that, it’s different and it’s very exciting.”
MedStar takes community nominations to select children who receive the VIP treatment. This is the ninth year of the program.
“Just the joy and happiness of being able to get out and do something they couldn’t do on their own,” said Noah Vasquez, one of the paramedics who took the boys to the neighborhood. “We hooked them up to our monitor. We are currently monitoring their vital signs to make sure they are oxygenating well and have no complications.”
One night without complications gave these boys and their parents memories that will last a lifetime.
“It’s definitely life changing for them and for us because we’re not going out of the house because of their conditions,” Watson said.
Christopher and Maximillian’s sleight of hand also gave the whole community something more meaningful to celebrate this Halloween.
“We are grateful,” said their mother, Gisela Watson. “We are grateful that there are people here doing this for us, because they don’t have to, but we decided to do this for our children.”