The Football Effect: Miguel of Kids Wish Network Visits NYCFC

If you met Wish Kid Miguel, you probably wouldn't be able to tell that he is in constant pain. The brave 16-year-old does his best to hide the pain and act like an average teenage boy.

He likes to play video games and watch YouTube videos, even though he'd rather be playing soccer with his friends. Miguel's medical struggle started when he was born with both legs dislocated. Doctors put him into braces from his shoulders to his feet for almost eight months. When they were finally removed, Miguel started walking and developing much like a normal child, until he turned 3 when his family and doctor noticed Miguel was overly flexible. Tests, including a biopsy of his skin, came back with a frightening diagnosis -- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a complicated inherited disorder that affects the collagen and connective tissues of the body. Miguel's skin is extremely fragile and can break open into a wound with the slightest activity. He has been hospitalized three times for wounds that developed severe infections. There is no treatment for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, so Miguel does his best to manage the constant pain and is extremely careful when doing any type of activity. Being prohibited from playing soccer was the hardest blow for Miguel.

Since the diagnosis, Miguel has become more reserved but still dreams big. One of his biggest dreams is to visit New York City and see all the famous sites.

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