Our Patient Stories

Meet Junior



Junior Gamboa is a 7 year old with Down syndrome, but that is not all he is.  He is a son, a brother, a student, a friend and a joyful, vibrant patient at the Permian Basin Rehab Center.  A diagnosis like Down syndrome can leave families feeling lost and hopeless.  At 16 months of age, Junior and his family came to the Rehab Center in search of help and hope.  Junior needed help learning to crawl, walk, use his hands and speak.  Six years later, Junior continues to receive speech therapy services to develop his communication skills.  He is walking, running, going to school and talking more and more.  His family and therapists are so proud of all the progress Junior has made.

The progress Junior has made is because of the support the Rehab Center receives from donors like you. Your gift during the Permian Basin Rehab Telethon will make a difference for patients just like Junior.  Your gift will help patients and families right here in the Permian Basin.  Your tax free donation will be used to provide therapy services to patients facing obstacles and challenges due to Autism, Down syndrome, and birth defects, stroke or head injury.  You can make a difference for them!

Meet Aubree


Imagine being a parent of three and expecting your fourth child.  Everything has gone perfectly during the pregnancy.  You are very excited about your baby joining the family.  During delivery there are unexpected complications and your baby daughter, Aubree, is admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  She is diagnosed with a heart murmur and has to see a cardiologist.  Your journey of changed expectations has begun.

Aubree is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and failure to thrive.  She has difficulty feeding, gaining weight, and you feel such uncertainty when one developmental milestone after another cannot be achieved.  

Aubree has vision problems that affect her depth perception, sensory issues that hinder her ability to touch and feel objects, and developmental delays that impair her ability to walk.

After 3 years of unanswered medical questions your daughter is diagnosed with Cardiofaciocutaneous (CFC) a rare genetic syndrome.  CFC Syndrome affects the heart, facial features, skin and hair.  Your journey of changed expectations leaves you with more unanswered questions.  But you find hope in the therapists at the Permian Basin Rehab Center that believe Aubree can achieve and meet her goals.

Expectations change when your child has a rare syndrome.  Developmental milestones take longer to achieve.  But great moments do happen in your child’s life with dedicated and devoted therapy staff.   It may have taken longer than you expected but…..

The sense of pride and joy is immeasurable when your child begins to walk independently one week before her 4th birthday. 

For one Permian Basin Family, they do not have to imagine, because Aubree is their daughter and they are facing real life challenges.   Aubree and her family honor us by sharing the story of her journey.

The Permian Basin Rehab Center helps children and adults, like Aubree, who face life challenges and changed expectations.   Children and adults that need to receive therapy to help them achieve basic skills that make them more independent.  Independence helps all of us have a sense of dignity and a feeling of self-worth.

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