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Teen Confesses He’s Secretly Been Caring For 3 Disabled Family Members While Dad Works 60 Hours

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Most 15-year-olds have to deal with a little bit of responsibility around the house, like taking out the trash and keeping their rooms clean. But a teen named Johnathan Gutierrez of Boca Raton, Florida, not only does chores, he cares for his entire family.

Since his dad works 60 hours a week, it’s up to the young boy to run the house and make sure everyone is OK — a lot of pressure for a 15-year-old.

“He is a hands-on big brother. He makes him dinner. He gives him a bath. He does his homework with him,” his mom said. “Because I can’t do it. Because of my MS, I can’t even do second-grade homework.”

His mom Jennifer has multiple sclerosis, which requires the teen to help care for her when it flares up. “I usually have to carry her to her bed [and] help her go to the bathroom,” Johnathan explained to WPTV.

On top of that, his grandma has pre-dementia, and his younger brother has already had seven surgeries. “He’s had what’s called sagittal craniosynostosis,” Jennifer added about her youngest son. “[His skull] was squishing his brain, so they had to expand his head.”

Before and after school, the teen is tasked with caring for his entire family. Despite doing such mature work, the teen did not like to talk about his family life with friends.

It wasn’t until he opened up in a Facebook video about his day-to-day life that Johnathan explained what he does for his disabled family. As WPTV reports, the Vice News Tonight video he was featured in has over 1 million views.

“I love her so much,” Johnathan said about his mom.

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