WATCH: With their newborn baby being treated at the B.C. Children’s Hospital, a Duncan family has had to spend Thanksgiving apart this year.
A Duncan family has had to spend Thanksgiving apart this year due to their son’s heart condition.
Their son, six-week-old Major, is at the B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.
His mother, Pauline Thoresen, is there with him, while his father, Jeremy Gruber, is at home in Duncan.
The family says Major suffers from an enlarged heart.
“He knows he’s sick,” Thoresen said. “But he doesn’t really clue in why.”
On top of that, the couple already has a seven-year-old son, Hunter, with Down syndrome and a heart condition.
The situation is putting a financial strain on the family.
“We are so behind on bills,” Thoresen said. “My husband had to take time off work, which doesn’t give us a whole lot of money, and I barely make anything on E.I.“
Recently, a friend of theirs set up a GoFundMe page to help them. You can find it here: https://www.gofundme.com/baby-major-fundraiser
Baby Major will likely spend the next week or more in hospital, but his parents hope they’ll be reunited before long.
“Halloween I’m willing to give up,” Gruber said. “But I don’t want to spend Christmas alone.”