I don’t want to come off like Sally Struthers.. but this Pittsburgh boy (and his family) could really use some help. Artur Santos is 3 years old and has Maple Syrup Urine Disease, a metabolic disorder that, if untreated, can lead to mental retardation and death in early childhood. His family is from Brazil, and sold everything they had to make it to Pittsburgh for surgery at Children’s Hospital.
Their doctors have said they need to stay here for further treatment. They are living at Ronald McDonald House and getting by on donations while they apply for work visas. They also have another son, age 5. If you visit http://www.helpartur.com, you can make a donation via PayPal. Or visit the Pittsburgh Brazilian community Web site, Arrepia, Brasil! for more ways to help the Santos family.