Crowdfunding helps parents of B.C. baby fighting for her life
Published Friday, January 16, 2015 6:57PM PST
Last Updated Friday, January 16, 2015 7:34PM PST
Jolene Amy has been through a lot in the five months since she was born.
The Penticton girl was diagnosed with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect, which required she go into surgery last week at B.C. Children’s Hospital.
The procedure went well but Jolene went into cardiac arrest shortly after, suffering damage to her liver and kidneys, and is now on dialysis in the Intensive Care Unit.
“You feel so powerless as a parent because you could visibly see that she wasn’t there anymore,” mom Stacy Amy told CTV News.
For months, Jolene’s family has been seeing her through her treatments and appointments, racking up travel expenses while losing wages. The Okanagan residents are currently staying close to the hospital at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver.
They have no idea how long it could take to bring their baby home, so friends have set up an online fundraiser to help them financially during their trying times.
“That support is tremendous because the other bills, the mortgage payment, it doesn’t stop,” Amy said. “You don’t expect to be in this position, but we are.”
Crowdfunding is becoming more and more mainstream, and the family said they’ve received donations from generous donors they don’t even know.
Dr. Shubhayan Sanatani said he’s glad to see them getting extra help.
“I see families uprooting and coming here and living out of suitcases,” he said. “It’s just incredible, being far away from home at a time like this.”
Anyone who wants to help out can visit the online fundraising website Fundrazr.com.
With a report from CTV Vancouver’s Maria Weisgarber