Jacob's Fight takes flight thanks to support from the community

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

As eight-month-old Jacob Moore continues his valiant fight for life, Flamborough residents are rallying to offer support. Some are providing financial support to Jacob's parents, Debbie and Craig of west Flamborough. Others want to share their experiences and provide hope and moral support.

Even before Angela Damaia, a family friend, had set up a bank account to aid the Moores through their ordeal at Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto, two Carlisle area families contacted the Review with offers of help.

After reading about Jacob's heart surgery and his ongoing battle against complications, such as fever and pneumonia, Mike and Georgie Gartside related their story of personal anguish as well as the successful open heart surgery performed on their son at Sick Kids when he was just three months old.

Bryce Gartside celebrated his second birthday January 5. Last year, his parents asked those joining in his birthday celebration to make a donation to Sick Kids Hospital rather than bring a gift. At this year's party, staged on Sunday, they also asked for donations, which will be passed on to the Moore family.

Born with a heart defect, which wasn't detected at birth, Bryce was taken to the doctor when his parents noticed that he wasn't eating normally, was sleeping for long periods of time and was experiencing bowel problems. After a series of tests, he was sent to Sick Kids for surgery.

"His surgery was a success and he won't ever have to have follow-up surgeries," his relieved mother told the Review this week. But Bryce experienced some rough times and the Gartsides stayed at the hospital for two weeks to be by his side.

After learning that Debbie's stay with Jacob has surpassed the two-month mark, Georgie Gartside said, "I can just imagine the financial difficulties. We stayed for two weeks and it cost us over $1,000."

Because of this, they decided that Bryce's birthday money will go directly to the Moores this year.

The couple's plight also struck a personal chord with Stephen Longridge and his wife, Evelyn Post, who live just south of Carlisle. After reading about Jacob's surgeries, Longridge offered moral support for the Moore family.

Like the Moores and the Gartsides, he and his wife went through an anguishing experience involving their son and Sick Kids.

Garner Longridge, now 18 months, was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and underwent surgery at the Toronto hospital when he was seven days old and again at four months.

"He will, like Jacob, have more procedures in future and be followed closely for the rest of his life," his dad wrote.

When it became apparent that the costs for unexpected accommodation, travel and food were mounting for the Moores, Damaia set up a bank account to help them. The account is at the CIBC in Waterdown. Anyone wanting to make a donation is advised that the transit number for the "Jacob's Fight" account is 01762 and the account number is 88-55935.

The latest report on Jacob's condition indicates he is struggling with additional setbacks which arose last week. He has developed infections in his blood and urinary tract. He was given a couple of blood transfusions last week because he isn't able to produce enough red blood cells, largely because of the infections and his overall weakened state.

Last Thursday, his chest drains were removed and although this was seen as a step forward in recovery, the drains were difficult to take out because they had been in his body for eight weeks. Soon after their removal, Jason began vomiting blood and showed signs of breathing difficulties. An air pocket got into his chest cavity and prevented his lungs from fully expanding. By last Friday, he was placed back on a ventilator. Over the weekend, it was determined that fluid is once again collecting in his chest cavity, making it difficult to breath on his own.

On Tuesday, Jacob underwent surgery for blood clots around both lungs. New chest tubes were inserted and his mother reported Wednesday that he is now "doing a lot better."

Jacob's Fight takes flight thanks to support from the community

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

As eight-month-old Jacob Moore continues his valiant fight for life, Flamborough residents are rallying to offer support. Some are providing financial support to Jacob's parents, Debbie and Craig of west Flamborough. Others want to share their experiences and provide hope and moral support.

Even before Angela Damaia, a family friend, had set up a bank account to aid the Moores through their ordeal at Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto, two Carlisle area families contacted the Review with offers of help.

After reading about Jacob's heart surgery and his ongoing battle against complications, such as fever and pneumonia, Mike and Georgie Gartside related their story of personal anguish as well as the successful open heart surgery performed on their son at Sick Kids when he was just three months old.

Bryce Gartside celebrated his second birthday January 5. Last year, his parents asked those joining in his birthday celebration to make a donation to Sick Kids Hospital rather than bring a gift. At this year's party, staged on Sunday, they also asked for donations, which will be passed on to the Moore family.

Born with a heart defect, which wasn't detected at birth, Bryce was taken to the doctor when his parents noticed that he wasn't eating normally, was sleeping for long periods of time and was experiencing bowel problems. After a series of tests, he was sent to Sick Kids for surgery.

"His surgery was a success and he won't ever have to have follow-up surgeries," his relieved mother told the Review this week. But Bryce experienced some rough times and the Gartsides stayed at the hospital for two weeks to be by his side.

After learning that Debbie's stay with Jacob has surpassed the two-month mark, Georgie Gartside said, "I can just imagine the financial difficulties. We stayed for two weeks and it cost us over $1,000."

Because of this, they decided that Bryce's birthday money will go directly to the Moores this year.

The couple's plight also struck a personal chord with Stephen Longridge and his wife, Evelyn Post, who live just south of Carlisle. After reading about Jacob's surgeries, Longridge offered moral support for the Moore family.

Like the Moores and the Gartsides, he and his wife went through an anguishing experience involving their son and Sick Kids.

Garner Longridge, now 18 months, was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and underwent surgery at the Toronto hospital when he was seven days old and again at four months.

"He will, like Jacob, have more procedures in future and be followed closely for the rest of his life," his dad wrote.

When it became apparent that the costs for unexpected accommodation, travel and food were mounting for the Moores, Damaia set up a bank account to help them. The account is at the CIBC in Waterdown. Anyone wanting to make a donation is advised that the transit number for the "Jacob's Fight" account is 01762 and the account number is 88-55935.

The latest report on Jacob's condition indicates he is struggling with additional setbacks which arose last week. He has developed infections in his blood and urinary tract. He was given a couple of blood transfusions last week because he isn't able to produce enough red blood cells, largely because of the infections and his overall weakened state.

Last Thursday, his chest drains were removed and although this was seen as a step forward in recovery, the drains were difficult to take out because they had been in his body for eight weeks. Soon after their removal, Jason began vomiting blood and showed signs of breathing difficulties. An air pocket got into his chest cavity and prevented his lungs from fully expanding. By last Friday, he was placed back on a ventilator. Over the weekend, it was determined that fluid is once again collecting in his chest cavity, making it difficult to breath on his own.

On Tuesday, Jacob underwent surgery for blood clots around both lungs. New chest tubes were inserted and his mother reported Wednesday that he is now "doing a lot better."

Jacob's Fight takes flight thanks to support from the community

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

As eight-month-old Jacob Moore continues his valiant fight for life, Flamborough residents are rallying to offer support. Some are providing financial support to Jacob's parents, Debbie and Craig of west Flamborough. Others want to share their experiences and provide hope and moral support.

Even before Angela Damaia, a family friend, had set up a bank account to aid the Moores through their ordeal at Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto, two Carlisle area families contacted the Review with offers of help.

After reading about Jacob's heart surgery and his ongoing battle against complications, such as fever and pneumonia, Mike and Georgie Gartside related their story of personal anguish as well as the successful open heart surgery performed on their son at Sick Kids when he was just three months old.

Bryce Gartside celebrated his second birthday January 5. Last year, his parents asked those joining in his birthday celebration to make a donation to Sick Kids Hospital rather than bring a gift. At this year's party, staged on Sunday, they also asked for donations, which will be passed on to the Moore family.

Born with a heart defect, which wasn't detected at birth, Bryce was taken to the doctor when his parents noticed that he wasn't eating normally, was sleeping for long periods of time and was experiencing bowel problems. After a series of tests, he was sent to Sick Kids for surgery.

"His surgery was a success and he won't ever have to have follow-up surgeries," his relieved mother told the Review this week. But Bryce experienced some rough times and the Gartsides stayed at the hospital for two weeks to be by his side.

After learning that Debbie's stay with Jacob has surpassed the two-month mark, Georgie Gartside said, "I can just imagine the financial difficulties. We stayed for two weeks and it cost us over $1,000."

Because of this, they decided that Bryce's birthday money will go directly to the Moores this year.

The couple's plight also struck a personal chord with Stephen Longridge and his wife, Evelyn Post, who live just south of Carlisle. After reading about Jacob's surgeries, Longridge offered moral support for the Moore family.

Like the Moores and the Gartsides, he and his wife went through an anguishing experience involving their son and Sick Kids.

Garner Longridge, now 18 months, was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and underwent surgery at the Toronto hospital when he was seven days old and again at four months.

"He will, like Jacob, have more procedures in future and be followed closely for the rest of his life," his dad wrote.

When it became apparent that the costs for unexpected accommodation, travel and food were mounting for the Moores, Damaia set up a bank account to help them. The account is at the CIBC in Waterdown. Anyone wanting to make a donation is advised that the transit number for the "Jacob's Fight" account is 01762 and the account number is 88-55935.

The latest report on Jacob's condition indicates he is struggling with additional setbacks which arose last week. He has developed infections in his blood and urinary tract. He was given a couple of blood transfusions last week because he isn't able to produce enough red blood cells, largely because of the infections and his overall weakened state.

Last Thursday, his chest drains were removed and although this was seen as a step forward in recovery, the drains were difficult to take out because they had been in his body for eight weeks. Soon after their removal, Jason began vomiting blood and showed signs of breathing difficulties. An air pocket got into his chest cavity and prevented his lungs from fully expanding. By last Friday, he was placed back on a ventilator. Over the weekend, it was determined that fluid is once again collecting in his chest cavity, making it difficult to breath on his own.

On Tuesday, Jacob underwent surgery for blood clots around both lungs. New chest tubes were inserted and his mother reported Wednesday that he is now "doing a lot better."