There will be a fundraiser on Monday, October 21 at Houston Pizza in Estevan for Kolton Garrioch – a one-year-old boy who has been facing health challenges since he was born.
It will cost $25 a plate for a steak or chicken supper. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door; supporters can also drop by the night of the fundraiser and make a donation to Kolton's family.
There will be a raffle featuring a signed Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey, and a silent auction.
Kolton's father, Andrew, is from Torquay originally, and was living in southeast Saskatchewan while finishing his carpentry courses. Kolten's mother, Amy, is from Great Falls, Montana.
They have been with Kolton in Salt Lake City, Utah, while Kolton has been undergoing his latest medical treatments.
Kolton was born on September 29 of last year in Minot, N.D. When he was born, he was having trouble breathing, and a heart murmur was detected when he was four days old. He was promptly transported to a children's hospital in Minneapolis, where doctors found three heart defects. Kolton underwent his first heart surgery when he was 10 days old.
Due to complications from that surgery, he had to have another operation to fix a paralyzed diaphragm. He also had a paralyzed vocal chord, so he needed an additional surgery to insert a feeding tube.
Kolton spent 55 days in hospital before he was released.
After five months at home, he gained just over two pounds, so he had another operation in April, which resulted in another 39 days in hospital.
A few weeks ago, Kolton was having breathing problems, so he was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a cold, but his breathing continued to deteriorate. He was transported to a children's hospital in Salt Lake City, where he underwent a heart catheterization, an echo cardiogram and an MRI.
Doctors discovered his aorta and a conduit from a previous surgery had doubled in size, restricting air flow to his left lung, which caused the lung to collapse. His left common carotid artery is 90 per cent closed, putting him at a high risk for a stroke.
He is currently hooked up to a machine that is helping him breathe until he can have another surgery in a few weeks. Doctors want to give him time to recover from his cold and to gain weight, since he only weighs 12 pounds.
“He's stable right now. He's just having another heart catheterization today (October 7)," said Ian Garrioch. "He had one before, last week. It's to check out the vessel in his heart.”
Kolten's parents are struggling financially, Ian said, so any financial assistance would be beneficial.