Folsom Telegraph | Laura Newell
At just 2-and-a-half years old, Luca Salcone, of Folsom, has already had a run of health issues from diabetes to infantile spasms to a liver transplant.
Now, to celebrate Luca’s survival, his parents ran last weekend to raise money and awareness for organ donations.
Luca’s journey began at just 2 months old when he was among one of the youngest patients in Sacramento to be diagnosed with neonatal diabetes, better known as type 1 diabetes.
Four months later, Luca developed infantile spasms, a rare epilepsy disorder, which if not detected and treated right away could lead to brain damage.
“Both are very rare for babies to receive. So he had a lot of medical needs,” said his dad Chris Salcone, 39, of Folsom.
With his infantile spasms and diabetes under control, his parents’ joy was short-lived when they received the devastating news the following year that Luca was in need of a liver transplant.