Every parent’s greatest fear is that something bad will happen to their child, but as far as this couple knew, their beautiful baby boy was born with a clean bill of health. All was well, and their son was growing up just fine.

But what they didn’t know when little Diego was born was that he had an autoimmune disease that wouldn’t manifest until years later. Diego Melendez developed Parry-Romberg Syndrome, which is a condition that causes the body to eat away at soft tissue, beginning with the face. The results can be devastating. Luckily for Diego and his family, he has a positive outlook and a new lease on life.

Given his situation, Diego has every right to feel downtrodden and upset. Instead, he has chosen to look on the bright side, and live his life to the fullest. With a little help from his doctors, and a whole lot of love from his parents, I think this little guy is going to be just fine.

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