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Rancho Palos Verdes family struggles with medical bills in caring for son
San Bernardino Sun

Each night for the past five years, Arturo Mendez has awakened every two hours to roll his son, Andrew, from one side of the young man’s limp body to the other.

“I haven’t slept much in years; I am always tired,” Arturo said.

Andrew, who is paralyzed on the left side of his body, must be moved regularly or his skin will deteriorate under the weight of his large 20-year-old frame. He can’t comb his own hair, and can only manage to say “agua” when he is thirsty and “ham” when he is hungry — he can also say “momma.”