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April 20, 2021 – 9:30 AM
A fundraising effort for a Kamloops toddler in want of a kidney will get underway this weekend by way of social media.
4-year-old Ferris Backmeyer has been ready for the brand new organ nearly all her life, having been identified with Mainzer-Saldino syndrome — a uncommon dysfunction involving kidney failure — simply days following her start.
This weekend — April 23 to April 25 — organizers will maintain a silent public sale by way of Fb to boost cash for the household. The Backmeyer household silent public sale will happen on Fb from 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23, to eight:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, and is open to the general public.
“With COVID, proper now we’re unable to do something in particular person, so we figured this was in all probability our greatest wager to have the ability to elevate some cash for them whereas preserving it protected with COVID,” stated co-organizer Kelsi Manson, noting she felt compelled to assist out after studying of Ferris’ story.
“I’ve obtained 4 youngsters myself,” Manson stated. “We’ve been very fortunate. We’ve 4 wholesome youngsters, so I simply couldn’t even think about being in that state of affairs.”
Greater than 50 gadgets and/or providers have been donated for the public sale, however donations are nonetheless being accepted.
All funds will likely be given to the household, with organizers noting their lodging prices when at BC Youngsters’s Hospital in Vancouver.
These prices have been a hindrance for the household, which has opted to maintain dad and mom Lindsey and Pat, Ferris and siblings Tavia, 9, and Ksenia collectively on journeys for Ferris’ appointments and dialysis remedy. The older youngsters are homeschooled within the course of.
Mother Lindsey Backmeyer instructed KTW all of the assist from the group is appreciated.
“I’m simply tremendous grateful,” Backmeyer stated.
Dad Pat is in nursing college and the household hasn’t been capable of entry Ronald McDonald Home previously 12 months attributable to pandemic-related restrictions.
Monetary assist helps ease the almost $4,00zero per 30 days in lease the household has confronted, having already had two prolonged stays away from residence previously 12 months.
A brand new kidney would free Ferris her from dialysis remedy and fixed travels to BC Youngsters’s Hospital. She has been near receiving a kidney thrice previously three months. In March, she had a transplant, however problems following the surgical procedure meant the kidney needed to be eliminated. Two different potential donor kidneys lined up in December and January fell by on the final second.
The Backmeyer household is at present residence in Kamloops, having spent most of 2021 up to now within the Decrease Mainland.
Extra journeys are of their future, beginning with one to satisfy with BC Youngsters’s Hospital to debate what went improper with Ferris’ transplant.
“We nearly misplaced her that evening — scariest evening of my life,” Backmeyer stated of her youngest daughter.
Throughout this newest keep, Ferris additionally wanted a restore to her stomach, a tear sustained throughout peritoneal dialysis remedy — a way that includes injecting a fluid that cleans the blood by the stomach.
Such dialysis may be performed within the consolation of residence, however after fixing the belly tear, Ferris needed to change to hemodialysis, through which the blood is cleaned by a machine. That process, nevertheless, can solely be performed at BC Youngsters’s Hospital and Lindsey is worried if the belly challenge continues, docs might change Ferris to hemodialysis indefinitely, requiring a extra everlasting relocation to Vancouver — one thing the household needs to keep away from.
Within the meantime, Lindsey stated, the household is comfortable to be again in Kamloops surrounded by associates, household and well-wishers.
Whereas the fundraising will assist, the household continues to search for the last word donation of a dwelling kidney donor.
Sadly, neither of Ferris’ dad and mom are a match for his or her daughter and, whereas many individuals have provided, there’s a rigorous screening course of as one have to be extraordinarily wholesome to donate a kidney.
To seek out out extra about being a donor, and to study whether or not you is perhaps a match, contact the dwelling donor program at St.Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver by by telephone at 604-806-9027 or 1-877-955-1755 or by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— This story was initially revealed by Kamloops This Week.
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