While Lindsay Wonnacott awaits a second lung transplant in Toronto General Hospital, family and friends of the Wonnacott family came out on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 to lend their support to the Echo Bay, Ontario young woman.
At 23 years old, Lindsay has been through a whole lot, including a lung transplant in 2016. As a baby, she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Today, Lindsay is considered ‘Status 3’ for a transplant, which means it is situation critical.
The Elk’s Hall in Echo Bay was the place to be for a Pasta Dinner and fundraising event on Saturday where over 200 people came out to lend support for the Wonnacott family.
Lindsay’s grandmother, Janet Findlay spoke with SaultOnline about her granddaughter’s current health status. “Last week, at her physio appointment, all her ‘numbers’ were down, which means it’s critical she get a lung transplant very soon. Lindsay has been moved to the top of the transplant list because of her ‘numbers’.“
Findlay, who is a retired nurse, was speaking about Lindsay’s lung functions. Lindsay received a lung transplant in 2016, and was doing very well. She had even started her 3rd year at Algoma University, where she is studying psychology and law. All that needed to be put on hold at the beginning of this year.
At Lindsay’s 18 month assessment in December, 2017, the team at Toronto General Hospital noticed that her lung function had dropped about 20%. After the usual rounds of tests, no rejection, bacterial or fungal infection was found. They took precautions and did high dose steroids as well as antibiotics. Unfortunately, those precautions did not help. Lindsay’s lung function continued to drop and still is dropping.
It is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has Cystic Fibrosis. At this time, there is no known cure for CF.
Lindsay’s mother, who returned to Echo Bay for the fundraising event, has been with her daughter in Toronto. Melonie Wonnacott spoke with SaultOnline.
There is a way to continue supporting the family, who are facing mounting financial expenses associated with relocation to Toronto. A ‘YouCaring’ fundraising page was launched earlier this year, and sits at $7,060.00. The goal for ‘Lungs for Lindsay, Chapter 2’ is to reach $15,000.00.
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