On May 30, 2017 they welcomed Gabriel Edward Dela Cruz Piper to their family. Unfortunately Gabriel was born with a congenital heart condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) which, in most patients requires a staged surgical route involving 3 surgeries to make him a single ventricular heart.
After his first surgery on June 1, Gabriel had a cardiac arrest that night and was placed on ECMO with a low chance of survival. He was thankfully taken off successfully 8 days later.
On June 11 Gabriel had a 2nd Cardiac arrest and was placed back on ECMO for a 2nd run at a even lower chance of survival. Amazingly, he was taken off successfully 4 days later. On July 21, it was discovered that Gabriel had suffered from a left parietal stroke from an infarct bleed in his brain. Through all of this Gabriel has either been intubated or has had help breathing with oxygen. Since June 1 Gabriel has also gone through a collapsed left lung, twice.
Their little fighter has defied all odds and survived, to the amazement of all of the medical staff. Through all of this, the help of the amazing doctors, nurses and staff in the PICU at BC Children's Hospital has been incredible, they truly have become an extension of Charissa and Gordie's families.
Sadly Gabriel's fight is not over yet. Due to a leak in his tricuspid valve medical staff are now exploring the possibility of a heart transplant, as it is not looking like his heart is viable for his ultimate survival. This unfortunately comes with another family having to go through the most unimaginable tragedy that would provide Gabriel with a fighting chance at life.
Charissa and Gordie have been quietly dealing with this incredible stress, all while caring for Lily and trying to keep some sense of normality for her.
The financial toll of being the parents of a critically ill infant is something that no parent should have to experience. With how critically ill Gabriel is, Charissa and Gordie want to be able to be there for their son and not have to worry about where they will get the money for their bills. They pour their heart and souls into their children and they should have the opportunity to be with Gabriel without the burden of working during such a difficult time.
I am hoping that with the support of friends, family, the film community and the community at large, we can ease the financial stress that Charissa and Gordie feel on a daily basis, so they can focus on what is important. Loving Gabriel back to health so that one day he can leave Children's Hospital and come home with his parents and sister, who love him so dearly. Your donations and prayers are appreciated beyond words. Please share with anyone who may be able to help!
All money collected will go directly to Charissa and Gordie to assist with expenses in the immediate future and the long term care that is anticipated Gabriel will need.
- Patrick Wong
- Samantha Bridgehouse
- Armand Santos
- Nicole Oguchi
Organizer and beneficiary
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