Manitoba boy’s leg amputated after blood infection

A school is rallying to help a young Manitoba boy, after doctors were forced to amputate his leg following a blood infection.

See Full Article

David Stevenson, 9, became sick in September with doctors pinning his symptoms on Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) – a bloodstream infection.

The infection is thought to have been started by an innocuous cut on his knee.

His parents say David was calm despite the prospect of losing his leg.

"We talked to him and explained everything about why it needs to be removed and after that, he was ok," his father Daniel Stevenson told CTV Winnipeg. "And he was perfectly calm and he said, 'OK, I'm ready. Let's go.'"

His family are forced to drive from their community of Selkirk to Winnipeg on a weekly basis so Daniel can continue receiving treatment.

With the gas bill eating away at the family's savings, Daniel's friends have held a series of fundraisers to help pay the bills.

His friends Leam Morin and Madi Frommlet teamed up to co-ordinate the fundraising efforts, staging a bake sale and convincing classmates to empty their piggy banks.

"I said, ‘Do you want to help me collect some money for David?’ and she's like ‘Sure, we'll start tomorrow’," Morin said.

Altogether, they’ve raised more than $1,000.

The Stevensons say they’re overwhelmed by the support from David’s friends.

"I can't thank them enough for everything that they're doing. They really touched my heart and I'm happy that my son has friends like this," David said.

With a report from CTV Winnipeg



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Sleeping Edmonton man wakes up to truck crashing through bedroom

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    A 25-year-old Edmonton man snoozing on what should have been a lazy weekend morning woke to the sound of twisting metal and concrete after a truck crashed through his bedroom wall. "I woke up panicked," said Kyle Roach, noting it happened around 8 a.m. Source
  • Road to recovery: Make-A-Wish gives child with cancer RV for camping adventure

    Canada News CTV News
    A three-year-old New Brunswick girl is about to realize her dream of hitting the open road with her family on a series of unforgettable summer camping trips after a long and difficult battle with cancer. Source
  • Deadly storms in Texas kill at least 4, injure dozens

    World News CBC News
    Severe storms including tornadoes swept through several small towns in East Texas, killing at least four people and injuring dozens more, and leaving a trail of overturned vehicles, mangled trees and damaged homes, authorities said Sunday. Source
  • Swimmer injured in shark attack at Southern California beach

    World News CTV News
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A shark attacked a woman wading in the ocean with friends, tearing away part of her upper thigh in the ocean off a popular Southern California beach, authorities and witnesses said Sunday. Source
  • Threat of economic turmoil over softwood tariff becomes B.C. election issue

    Canada News CTV News
    VICTORIA -- A hefty American tariff on Canadian softwood could be devastating for British Columbia's economy, but it may also be advantageous for political leaders on the campaign trail who are looking to cement or build their images with voters, says a former premier. Source
  • Trump blames China for campaign hacking, warns over North Korea

    World News CBC News
    President Donald Trump said China may have hacked the emails of Democratic officials to meddle with the 2016 presidential election, countering the view of U.S. intelligence officials who have said Moscow orchestrated the hacks. In an interview transcript published on Sunday, Trump gave no evidence backing his allegation, first made on the eve of the Nov. Source
  • Police officer in gorilla costume crawls entire London Marathon

    World News CBC News
    An English policeman wearing a gorilla costume while crawling the London Marathon has finally finished the race, almost a week after starting. Metropolitan Police officer Tom Harrison, who goes by the name "Mr. Gorilla," raised a reported 26,000 pounds ($45,991.90 Cdn) for the Gorilla Organization, which is dedicated to conserving gorillas in countries including Rwanda and Uganda. Source
  • Calgary girl, 3, in desperate need of expensive cancer treatment

    Canada News CTV News
    If music could cure cancer, three-year-old Greta Marofke wouldn't have any problem. As it stands, the little tyke and her parents are now significantly closer to paying for costly surgery that could save her life, thanks to the efforts of the Calgary community this weekend. Source
  • 'We want to bring them home': Fort Chipewyan continues search for missing hunters

    Canada News CBC News
    Hunters from Fort Chipewyan, Alta., usually start their spring hunt each April. South winds warm the air, the ice on Lake Athabasca melts, the rivers begin to flow and hunters head to their trap lines. Source
  • Canadian minimum wage workers say they're surviving rather than living

    Canada News CTV News
    MONTREAL - Erendira Achati Keriti needed winter clothes, but she knew she couldn't afford to buy them new. She managed to save enough money to buy second-hand garments, only to find they'd already been snapped up by the time she made it back to the thrift store. Source