XtraTime Web Desk: Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino makes a brilliant gesture as the Liverpool ace has saved the lives of two Brazilian infants after donating the £59,000 the family needed to give the two brothers life saving treatment.
The two boys, Joao and Miguel, suffer from spinal muscular atrophy and their parents had been fighting to raise funds on social media to pay for medicine and treatment from America.
They needed to raise £827,032 for a year’s worth of treatment but were £59,132 short when Firmino and his wife, Larissa Pereira came to their aid and donated the remaining sum, according to Brazilian media Globo.
Parents Alex Jose de Amorim and Gracieli Schlemmer have come out to thank Firmino and Pereira, whose donation will allow Joao, six, and 11-month-old Miguel, to have the treatment they need.
Schlemmer wrote on social media: ‘Larissa Pereira, Roberto Firmino’s wife, got in contact and left my heart in peace, saying, “We are donating the amount that is left”.
‘I cried a lot because we have been waiting for this moment for a long time.’
The Liverpool striker has been humble in the wake of his generosity, refusing to talk about his donation to the Brazilian family.
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a rare, genetically inherited neuromuscular condition. It causes progressive muscle weakness and loss of movement due to muscle wasting.
It’s a serious condition that gets worse over time and there is currently no cure, although research is ongoing.
Treatment and support is available and they usually involve helping to manage the symptoms and improve quality of life.