On November 3, 2017, Elijah Silvera was happily playing at his New York preschool. Just hours later, though, the three-year-old boy would be hurried to the Pediatric ER at Harlem Hospital – and he was fighting for his life.
Elijah was always full of energy. In fact, his father, Thomas Silvera, had given him the nickname “Choo Choo,” likening him to a freight train. The boisterous little boy loved making towers from blocks – and he was particularly close with his five-year-old brother, Sebastian. Indeed, Thomas said that having two children had pushed him to want to achieve more in life.