Eddy Padilla is battling for his life.
The Manteca High school junior was airlifted over the weekend to UC Davis Medical Center for a brain tumor known as astroblastoma.
“He might not have much time left,” said his older brother Edwin Padilla, relaying a message from doctors on Wednesday.
Eddy Padilla was diagnosed with the rare glial tumor usually located in the cerebral hemisphere of the brain – astroblastoma can occur in individuals of any age, but mostly to children and young adults – back in May while dealing with another health issue, according to school officials.
He started experiencing health problems during the early months of COVID-19.
MHS Assistant Principal Todd Dunawa ysaid Padilla was a “good student and very positive person on campus.”
Padilla had yet to attend classes this year, distance or in-person learning.
“He wanted to go to school,” said Edwin Padilla, who is a 2019 graduate of MHS – he’s currently attending Delta College and working part-time at a gas station.
Another brother, Alex, is a senior at MHS.
Earlier this week, school officials were looking at ways to help the family during this time of need. They’re hoping to establish a meal train and/or possibly a GoFundMe account.
For now, MHS will accept gift cards to assist the Padilla family. Gift cards or any donations can be dropped off at MHS front office in care of Assistant Principal Dunaway.
“Eddy is part of our (MHS) family and community,” he said, referencing Link Crew’s ‘Love on Family’ message.
Added Manteca Unified RN Gina Vieira: “We’re all praying for Eddy.”