A benefit concert is being held this weekend for a 5-year-old Houston boy who had his genitals severed by his mother when he was just 5 weeks old.
It is such a disturbing story and over the years, the little boy has had a lot of medical issues and expenses and he will continue to for the rest of his life.
Remember he's only 5 years old. He's not even old enough to realize what he's missing and understand what happened to him.
Holden Gothia acts like you're typical rambunctious 5-year-old boy. He plays in the yard, sings while standing on living room furniture, teases the family dog, and plays video games with his older brothers.
But Holden is not built like most 5-year-old boys. He doesn't have any genitals. It's because his mom, who was high on drugs, used a sharp instrument to slice them off when he was just 5 weeks old.
Katherine Nadal blamed the attack on the family dog, but a jury found her guilty and she is currently serving a 99-year prison sentence.
Since the incident, Holden has been living with his aunt Patches DeShazo, who he calls "mom."
"It's hard to believe it's been 5 years, but on the other hand, it's hard to remember before we had him," said Patches.
The past 5 years have been filled with many surgeries and some hefty medical bills.
"A lot of scar tissue, he looks as though he's been severely burned in the genital area, so it's that type of scar tissue," said Patches.
Even though he's only 5, Holden is starting to ask questions.
"I think in his mind, genitals are something he gets when he gets older and the response to that comment is: you're exactly right, you will, when you're older, which is not untrue," said Patches.
Patches says these are the easy days. The hard part is yet to come.
"The physical part can be fixed it's the emotional part that I do worry about the most," said Patches.
For now, the focus is on saving up for Holden's future reconstructive surgery.
The "Heroes for Holden Foundation" will be holding their 2nd annual benefit concert this Sunday in Pasadena.
"It is hard to retell the story time and again, but that's what gets people to listen to the story in the first place," said Patches.
Holden tells me he's super excited for the party, even though he doesn't know why it's being held.
The goal is to raise half a million dollars that will go into Holden's special needs trust. The longer term goal is to help other children.
"Just seeing the people who are freely willing to give their time, talent, money, services, it's truly overwhelming, it's great," said Patches.