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Butte community helps baby in need of heart transplant

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The Butte community is stepping up to help a baby boy who needs a heart transplant.

Jasper William Dorscher, "Baby Jasper", was born November 7, 2017.

"His condition went from a healthy happy chubby little baby to you could see the bags under his little eyes, he was gray," said Jasper's grandmother, Linda Foote.

At just four-months-old, doctors at St. James hospital in Butte diagnosed Jasper with an enlarged heart. He was taken to the Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

For the last four months, Jasper has been in and out of the ICU with health complications.

"...Just praying no more seizures, no more strokes, no more infections just be healthy enough to get a heart," said Foote.

The family's prayers were answered this week when they found out there's a match for a donated heart for the baby.

"We were just so happy that finally it happened," said Foote.

Foote is beyond appreciative of the community support for Jasper. The medical costs and now a heart transplant for the baby will be around a million dollars.

One of those community members stepping up to the help the family is Aaliyah Northey-Calderon. She's a 9-year-old from Butte who runs Ally's Tasty Beverages - a lemonade stand. Ally is donating all the proceeds from her stand this summer to Jasper.

"I felt like he should have a heart," said Ally.

So far she's raised hundreds of dollars for the cause.

"I hope he gets better," she said Friday.

Jasper's family has also created an online fundraiser to help cover medical bills. Click here to learn more.

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