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Fundraiser for Ferris as search for kidney continues

Fundraiser for Ferris as search for kidney continues

By Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterKamloops This Week

Mon., April 19, 20213 min. read

Early Newspaper

A fundraising effort for a Kamloops toddler attempting a kidney will get underway this weekend by social media.

Four-twelve months-passe Ferris Backmeyer has been ready for the unique organ relating to all her lifestyles, having been recognized with Mainzer-Saldino syndrome — a uncommon dysfunction inviting kidney failure — true days following her delivery.

This weekend — April 23 to April 25 — organizers will maintain a mute public sale by Fb to fetch money for the household. The Backmeyer household mute public sale will prefer scheme on Fb from 8: 30 p.m. on Friday, April 23, to 8: 30 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, and is delivery to the final public.

“With COVID, fine now we’re unable to damage the rest in particular person, so we figured this was doubtlessly our easiest bet so as to fetch some money for them whereas retaining it safe with COVID,” acknowledged co-organizer Kelsi Manson, noting she felt compelled to attend out after discovering out of Ferris’ story.

“I’ve got four children myself,” Manson acknowledged. “We’ve been very fortunate. We now private four healthy children, so I true couldn’t even imagine being in that tell.”

Bigger than 50 items and/or products and companies private been donated for the final public sale, but donations are aloof being permitted.

All funds will possible be given to the household, with organizers noting their lodging prices when at BC Young folks’s Well being facility in Vancouver.

These prices private been a hindrance for the household, which has opted to maintain fogeys Lindsey and Pat, Ferris and siblings Tavia, 9, and Ksenia together on trips for Ferris’ appointments and dialysis medicines. The older children are homeschooled in the job.

Mother Lindsey Backmeyer suggested KTW the entire attend from the neighborhood is appreciated.

“I’m true vast grateful,” Backmeyer acknowledged.

Dad Pat is in nursing faculty and the household hasn’t been in a position to get entry to Ronald McDonald Dwelling in the past twelve months because of pandemic-connected restrictions.

Financial attend helps ease the virtually $4,000 per month in lease the household has faced, having already had two extended stays some distance from residence in the past twelve months.

A brand unique kidney would free Ferris her from dialysis medicines and steady travels to BC Young folks’s Well being facility. She has been shut to receiving a kidney three instances in the past three months. In March, she had a transplant, but issues following the surgery supposed the kidney needed to be removed. Two various possible donor kidneys lined up in December and January fell by at the last 2d.

The Backmeyer household is in the mean time residence in Kamloops, having spent most of 2021 to this point in the Decrease Mainland.

Extra trips are in their future, starting up with one to satisfy with BC Young folks’s Well being facility to discuss what went scandalous with Ferris’ transplant.

“We true about lost her that night — scariest night of my lifestyles,” Backmeyer acknowledged of her youngest daughter.

For the duration of this most smooth cease, Ferris also vital a restore to her belly, a dawdle sustained true by peritoneal dialysis medicines — a fashion that entails injecting a fluid that cleans the blood by the belly.

Such dialysis will even be executed in the comfort of residence, but after fixing the belly dawdle, Ferris needed to interchange to hemodialysis, wherein the blood is cleaned by a machine. That design, on the other hand, can handiest be executed at BC Young folks’s Well being facility and Lindsey is involved if the belly tell continues, doctors could switch Ferris to hemodialysis indefinitely, requiring a extra permanent relocation to Vancouver — something the household wants to steer optimistic of.

In the duration in-between, Lindsey acknowledged, the household is labored up to be wait on in Kamloops surrounded by guests, household and nicely-wishers.

Anyone who wants to make a contribution to the mute public sale can contact Manson by cell phone at 250-574-9505 or by e-mail at hapitreasuresco@gmail.com.



While the fundraising will attend, the household continues to head attempting for the final donation of a living kidney donor.

Unfortunately, neither of Ferris’ fogeys are a match for their daughter and, whereas many folks private offered, there could be a rigorous screening job as one ought to be extraordinarily healthy to donate a kidney.

To uncover extra about being a donor, and to be taught whether you’d even be a match, contact the living donor program at St.Paul’s Well being facility in Vancouver by by cell phone at 604-806-9027 or 1-877-955-1755 or by e-mail at donornurse@providencehealth.ca.

Fundraiser for Ferris as search for kidney continues