Karters Journey

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Goal: $9,000.00

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Updated posted by Bee Bee Guns 7 days ago

We have finished a trial down on the coast with Karter off his Milrinone (his IV meds) and is doing fairly well! We will be keeping a close eye on him to make sure he doesn't crash, so happy to be taking my boy home after almost 10mos of living attached to IV lines!! It is going to be absolutely amazing to see him enjoy home, his sissy, and his bed without lines!! Thank you all again, for all ur love and support we couldn't keep on trucking without that extra push from all of you! ❤️❤️❤️💚❤️❤️❤️



Updated posted by Bee Bee Guns 2 months ago

Wow, it's absolutely amazing what being home can do! So thankful that we were able to come home with him on Milrinone, I couldn't imagine him still being inpatient and being stuck in a bed majority of the time! Because we have been home for so long, Karter is now walking and I couldn't be happier!! Being home as a family truly is a blessing!! And of course having all of you support and continue to follow our lil warrior is an amazing gift!! Thank you!! ❤️❤️❤️


Updated posted by Bee Bee Guns 2 months ago

Hey Team K!
Did you know that February is Heart Month!?
Feb 7th thru the 14th is CHD awareness week as well!! Help us spread awareness and sport your red for Karter and all his lil heart warrior buddies!!
Thank to everyone for their continued support, we love you all!! Now go rock your red! ❤️❤️


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With his big, soulful eyes
and handsome smile, it’s no surprise baby Karter Thistlethwaite has the nurses of B.C. Children’s Hospital wrapped around his tiny little finger.

“He’s a big flirt,” said mom Brandee Brown with a laugh. “He’s quite the little ham. He knows how to work the people around here, that’s for sure.”

Between his belly laughs, it’s hard to believe the eight-month-old has spent every moment of his life just fighting to survive. Karter’s heart, although capable of giving lots of love to all those around him, is sick.

While in the womb, he developed heart block, a problem with the heart’s electrical system. The disease causes a slowing of the signal to the lower chambers that cause the heart muscle to contract.

Brown was given the news after her 20-week ultrasound, when a gut feeling plagued her that something wasn’t right. The next day, doctors gave her and husband Erik Thistlethwaite the devastating diagnosis.

After having their now four-year-old daughter Makiya, Brown had two miscarriages, the first of which happened just four days before Christmas, and the couple were determined to save this baby’s life.

Realizing Karter would need open-heart surgery soon after being born, doctors recommended that the couple, who live in Kamloops, travel to B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for the delivery.

In October, eight days after his birth, the fragile newborn had his first surgery to place a pacemaker. After recovering, Karter was doing better and his relieved parents took him home. But after tests at his six-month checkup, their worst fears were realized: Karter was in heart failure.

“They were basically saying that he’s lucky to be alive,” said Brown as she fought back tears.

Karter was quickly rushed into emergency surgery, where he received a different pacemaker. The procedure seemed to work at first, but after a few days in intensive care, Karter began to deteriorate again.

His only chance of survival, doctors said, would be a new heart.
“If this doesn’t work, there’s no other option for him,” Brown whispered, wiping away a stray tear.

Brown said her son is the only infant waiting for a heart in B.C. When a new heart becomes available, Karter will likely undergo the procedure at Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alta., the only referral centre in Western Canada for pediatric heart transplants.

It is difficult to predict how long Karter will wait. In 2011, the median wait time for patients seeking heart transplants was about a month, while in 2010, it was almost four months, according to B.C. Transplant.

However, the statistics paint a scary picture. According to the Canadian Institute of Heath Information, two B.C. children in need of new hearts either withdrew or died while on the waiting list in 2012. The possible deaths are a painful reminder of the chronic shortage of available organs for those in desperate need.
Although Brown desperately wants to see Karter get a new heart, knowing that with it another family will face the heart-wrenching loss of their child is too much to bear, she said.
“It kills me to know what another family has to go through in order for us to keep him,” she said.

While the family anxiously wait, Brown said her husband, who works in construction, is putting in extra hours to try to keep up with mortgage payments on their Kamloops home.

Although friends have hosted fundraisers, Brown fears they may lose their house and won’t have a place to take Karter home.
For now, Brown said they are taking each day as it comes. Although every moment is terrifying, Brown said her son’s cheerfulness always humbles her.

“The days that I decide to break down, I just look him and he’s smiling and laughing, and it’s like, what am I getting so upset about?” said Brown. “I’ve learned so much from such a little person.”

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Recent Donations (81)

$7,450 raised by 81 people in 9 months.


Molotov and Bricks and Yukon friends

1 month ago



Sophie Macé

2 months ago



Susan Hardiman

2 months ago


To Brandee and Erik We are thinking of you and your family. From: Brad, Sue, Cole and Liam



Jennifer Mervyn

2 months ago


Praying for you!



Aries Raine

2 months ago


My daughter who is 5 was sitting on my lap, as I read your story she asked why I looked upset. So I read her your story, and she grabbed her piggy bank and counted out her money. $5.00 she said, and put it in my had and said its for the baby. I know it isn't much, but this little girl thought your son was so cute and felt it was the right thing to do.



jess & shell because i can project

2 months ago


thinking of you, karter, and praying for your precious heart. xoxo. jess & shell



Amy Eriksen

3 months ago


i will do all possible to help in the new year. Much love to you all.




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Mike Ciebien

4 months ago


Merry Christmas



Susan Davis

4 months ago


Merry Christmas


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