Mateo and McHale’s Story

“We want to give Mateo and McHale normal baby lives, where they’re loved and played with–not prodded with needles.”
– Angie Benzschawel, 25, Sheboygan, WI

As, The Washington Post, the Sheboygan Press, and others have reported…
Seven-month old twins Mateo and McHale Shaw are now home in Sheboygan, Wisconsin after enduring a 19-hour operation to separate their conjoined lower spines in September at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “It’s amazing to have them home,” says their mom, Angie Benzschawel, 25. Mateo has a clubbed foot in a cast; McHale is recovering in a harness that keeps his legs apart. Both boys have spina bifida, meaning their spines don’t close completely, and may need further surgery for their dislocated hips in 2007. Aside from lots of physical therapy at home, Angie and her fiancé, Ryan Shaw, 28, drive over an hour every week to Milwaukee to get Mateo’s cast changed. “At first, we were scared,” says Angie, “But the way people have come together and helped us, it’s really touched our hearts.”

The Goal: $35,000 for physical therapy equipment; a minivan for travel to the hospital.

Read more about the twins:, Sheboygan Press, The Washington Post

To be an Angel to Mateo and McHale:
Mateo and McHale Shaw Fund
c/o Kohler Credit Union
850 Woodlake Road
Kohler, WI 53044
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Reported by Lixandra Urresta

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