Help bring Baby Joshua Home!

Joshua is the miracle baby who Mark and Michael have been waiting for since they met over 10 years ago.

Through the help of an amazing surrogate Joshua made his entrance into the world on March 29th 2017.

It was planned that his delivery would be in Calgary, near Mark and Michael's home in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Unfortunately he was born 2 months early and, having been born unexpectedly in British Columbia, he was brought to Vancouver to get the help he needed at the Neonatal ICU at BC Women's and Children's Hospital.

Joshua has struggled with breathing since birth and initially his doctors thought this was related to his premature age.
However, as he has continued to grow it has become apparent that he has Hypoventilation and needs to be on respiratory support with a machine and mask.
This condition can be lifelong or transient - at this stage it's not possible to know if he will grow out of it as he gets older.

He is now big enough to move back to Alberta but the provincial health authorities of both British Columbia and Alberta are refusing to cover transport costs.

As he needs to be on a breathing mask, he needs to be transported on a medical flight.

He needs to be in Calgary, at Alberta Children's Hospital so that a team of doctors there can begin to plan for his eventual discharge back to Lethbridge. He will need long-term respiratory support and hopefully this can be done at home for him in the future.

Right now Mark and Michael are stuck with him in Vancouver. The team of doctors there cannot proceed with any planned testing or discharge planning because Joshua will obviously not be living in British Columbia.

The only way that his long-term care planning can proceed is for him to move to Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary.

The sooner Joshua can be back in Alberta, the sooner he will be able to get the treatment and funding he needs for home based care in the future. Joshua needs to be transferred as soon as possible. 

For this reason Mark and Michael ask that you help them by donating to this cause so that Joshua can come back home! Any amount, big or small, will be greatly appreciated to cover the cost of the $18,000 medical transport.

This would cover a private medical "bedside to bedside" transfer from BC Women's and Children's Hospital in Vancouver to Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary. Joshua would get a specilaized team to ensure that his breathing is not affected during the transfer and flight.

Thank you for helping to get Baby Joshua back home to Alberta!


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Michael Knipe 
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