Right from birth, Yossef had challenges with his health. As a newborn, he underwent multiple surgeries to remove a blockage in his intestines, and stayed in the hospital for the first 3 months of his life. At 15 months old, Yossef was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition that affects the glands that produce mucus, sweat and digestive fluids. Over time, mucus builds up inside the airways and makes breathing difficult. Yossef undergoes vest therapy twice a day, and while he’s accustomed to it, the therapy tires him. He also does breathing treatments and takes medication for his liver. Yossef tries to live his life as normal as possible, however he must take special precautions in being exposed to bacteria. He cannot swim in public pools or go to water parks, as it could compromise his immune system. Yossef was recently hospitalized for a week while undergoing treatment for a pseudomonas infection.
Yossef enjoys history and science, collecting coins, and sports – he especially loves basketball and soccer. He hopes to be a professional athlete when he grows up.
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