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Community rallies around baby boy born at 28 weeks

An Ormstown family experienced the very premature birth of their baby boy at just 28 weeks on April 18. Newborn Samaël, who is doing well despite his early arrival, is now being cared for in the neonatal unit at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine Hospital, where he will likely remain for several months.

His mother’s sister, Kelly-Ann Gariepy, has organized a crowdfunding campaign on the GoFundMe platform for new parents Roxanne and Butch, to help cover unexpected expenses associated with caring for their premature baby. The costs of accommodation in the city, transportation to and from the hospital, parking, and time off work will surely accumulate quickly and complicate an already delicate situation.


Samaël, born prematurely at 28 weeks, will spend the first few months of his life at Sainte-Justine Hospital. PHOTO courtesy of the Gariepy family


In the message accompanying the GoFundMe page, Gariepy writes: “Rest assured that it is with a heavy heart that we are launching this GoFundMe. This initiative is our last resort to help Roxanne and Butch so they can be at the hospital with their little warrior during the first weeks of his life.”

In four days, over 40 donors contributed to the cause and the family has raised the initial goal of $2,000. The GoFundMe page includes several encouraging and hopeful messages from donors who are also parents of premature babies and who have lived a similar experience.

In an update posted to the site, Gariepy thanks those who have contributed to the fund to help little Samaël and his family. “Thank you to everyone who took the time to send their positive thoughts,” she writes. “I can’t say it enough. A huge thank you from Samaël, his parents, and his entire family.”

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