Help Baby Dexter Green & his family fight CDH!
$12,450 Raised
125% of $10k goal
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3 Years running
Dexter Green was born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia on September 25, 2012. The stress of frequent, unfunded trips to see specialists in Calgary's Alberta Children's Hospital for essential procedures is compounded by financial hardship. More ...
For those of you who have taken the time to read this page, thank you. Also, if you are not following Amy or Derek on Facebook, here is a little bit of their story so far...
Dexter Green was born on September 25, 2012 to parents Derek & Amy, & sister Bayleigh. After birth, Dexter was diagnosed with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. His stomach, intestines, kidney & spleen were in his left chest cavity, squishing his left lung to a quarter of its normal size. The day after his birth, he was air lifted from Medicine Hat to Calgary to the Alberta Children's Hospital. In Calgary, he underwent a five hour long, life-saving surgery when he was only two days old.
For the first three & a half months of life, Dexter was on high flow oxygen. He remained in hospital until mid-January, when he was finally able to go home on a weekend pass. A few days later, discharged! The joy of having their newest family member at home was short lived. Although Dexter has been tube feb since birth, he has had constant issues with reflux. His weight dropped down into the third percentile, & as a result he was readmitted to hospital for another surgery.
On February 13th, Dexter's complicated (due to his unique anatomy) GJ tube placement surgery was performed. The surgery was a first for Calgary's Alberta Children's Hospital, & it was a success! A week later, the Greens were headed back home to Medicine Hat... & Dexter was back in the hospital two weeks later with pneumonia & a collapsed lung.
Ever since Dexter's last hospital visit, his old problems with reflux, previously "fixed" for three weeks after the initial GJ tube surgery, reemerged. The reflux is quite painful, it is frequent, & the doctors in Alberta do not have a solution.
This week, the Greens will be getting news regarding a possible trip/admission to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. In the meantime, the Greens are dealing with the financial burdens associated with having a child in & out of hospital: the four months of work that Derek missed so that he could be in Calgary with his family; the lack of respite funding; the worry of Amy's paid maternity leave ending next month (due to complications during pregnancy, Amy was forced to take an early leave); the stress of unfunded & frequent bi-weekly/monthly trips to see specialists in Calgary's Alberta Children's Hospital for essential procedures.
This family is doing everything that they can to pay the bills. They have sold many of their personal valuables, including their wedding bands & engagement rings, to make ends meet. Many of you who are currently reading this have opened your hearts to this family, have supported them at the steak night in December. Unfortunately, CDH patients & their families have a long road of recovery ahead of them, filled with steps forward, setbacks & surgeries. The only way to get through such a stressful time with a shred of sanity intact is with the support of friends & loved ones.
Please, donate & help ease the financial burden on this family. Every little bit helps, be it $1 or $100. A click of the button is all it takes to make a positive difference in the lives of four others.
Thank you so much for reading & for donating today!
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