Chito Vera’s daughter will get surgery to smile on Friday
Ecuadorian UFC featherweight Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera is an exciting fighter, earning two performance bonuses during his 4-4 run in the UFC. He fights with a beautiful goal … put a smile on his daughter’s face.
Chito’s daughter, Ana Paula, was born with a rare syndrome called Moebius. The condition is such that Ana cannot control her facial expressions or eye movement. She cannot smile.
A Go Fund Me was established to raise funds for the surgery to help correct Ana Paula’s condition. It gradually raised $19,000, and combined with savings, Chito’s 7-year-old daughter will have the surgery this Friday in Beverly Hills, California. The whole procedure is estimated to cost $43,500.
“It’s something great, it’s something that I appreciate and that I’m never going to forget,” said Vera to Danny Segura for MMA Fighting. said regarding the $19,000 donated to the GoFundMe account. “A few years ago I started the GoFundMe, and little by little, funds were raised.
“My friends, training partners, UFC fighters, my family, and the fans are responsible for this. One also needs to know that not everything is life is receiving but also giving; people always get together for a good cause and little by little things workout.
“It’s truly incredible, and it’s something that has brought me a lot of satisfaction. It has helped me become a better person, it’s helped me see the good side of the world.”
“The surgery lasts about 12 hours and the recovery is just simply rest and let the scars heal, it’s not a very rough recovery. They told me that after a week she should be able to be back to her normal life.”
“For me, I imagine it’s going to be the best thing that’s ever happened in my life. It’s a gigantic achievement and I can’t wait till it happens. It was a goal of mine and a goal of my wife’s, my son’s too, who wants to see his sister smile, so it was a family goal. It’s something you achieve with infinite effort and always having faith, never giving up.”
“I’m super happy, bro, about my personal life, making things happen. Everything is good, everything is in order.”
And then there is the TUF: Latin America 1 veteran’s career.
“I’ll fight with anyone that’s ready,” he said. “I’ve mentined before Renan Barao, I think that’s a good fight, and he’s on his way out. I’m also down to fight any of the other old guys to retire them or anyone that’s available really.”