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Sudbury baby awaiting heart transplant

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Killian Waddell was born is on the wait list for a heart transplant.

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A Sudbury baby is waiting for a heart transplant as friends and family raise money to help pay his family’s medical and related expenses.

Killian Mather Mckessock Waddell was born Sept. 4 to parents Dean and Sheri Waddell. While the delivery went well, Killian was born with “a hypoplastic right heart, as well as some significant other abnormalities of the cardiac vessels and pulmonary artery,” Mary Waddell wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help the family.

“As a result, he would have required (three) operations in order to re-route the blood vessels and bypass the right side of the heart.”

However, doctors at Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital determined that was not possible and that Killian would need a heart transplant.

He is now on the wait list.

Hypoplastic right heart syndrome is a congenital heart defect in which the right atrium and right ventricle are underdeveloped. This defect causes inadequate blood flow to the lungs and thus, a blue or cyanotic infant.

For now, mom Sheri is staying with Killian in Toronto, while dad Dean and siblings Ryker and Malick, go down on the weekend.

However, “expenses have been piling up since that first visit in June to Sick Kids and (Mount) Sinai and will continue for some time to come as you can well imagine,” the GoFundMe page said.

Expenses include medical tests, trips back and forth to Toronto, hotel bills, food and missed work.

“To be clear,” Mary Waddell wrote, “there has been some very helpful and kind support used already,” including the Northern Ontario health travel grant, the loan of an apartment through (Mount) Sinai (Hospital) for two weeks (“which was a godsend”) and now Ronald McDonald house.

“But that is not the whole story. Financial issues are a major concern for this gang and so any support that friends can offer would be so appreciated. It is a difficult time for all.

Mary Waddell said people who want more information can contact her and “in the meantime, sending hugs, kisses and great thoughts are always a support.”

While the GoFundMe page’s goal of $6,000 “has been reached, it is apparent that more will be needed. All money is given to Sheri and Dean even if it is over the goal (which is fantastic) and if there is money left over after all expenses are paid down the road, it would be donated to Sick Kids.

As of Sunday, almost $15,000 has been raised. For more, visit tinyurl.com/ycosfr5s.

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