Maiky lives in Batey Lechería in the Dominican Republic. Batey is the Haitian word for village. The older generations in Batey Lechería are Haitian.
Maiky was born in the Dominican Republic and speaks Spanish. He has epilepsy and lives with his elder sister with whom his mother abandoned him to.
His parents live in Haiti and only his mother visits him periodically. Mailky's mother abandoned him when he was about ten years old (his sister does not know his date of birth). It was about this time that Maiky was diagnosed with epilepsy.
It is very difficult for Maiky's sister and her husband to provide for their basic needs given that they must also provide for Maiky's treatment. They also have a child of their own.
Maiky's epilepsy is so severe that he is not able to attend school. He spends his days playing in the village or watching TV.