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FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – A Fort St. John couple has yet to head home with their newborn due to him being transferred to multiple hospitals since his birth.

According to the mother, Bethany, her son Waylon was born at the Fort St. John Hospital on October 22nd and instantly had trouble breathing.

“When he was born, within 10 minutes, they had to put him on oxygen. They told us his lungs weren’t strong enough. They said we were going to have to go to a different and better hospital,” said Bethany.

The mother and newborn flew to Prince George following the birth, while the father drove. Within an hour, Waylon was put on a ventilator to help him breathe.

After four days, the first-time parents were on the move with their son once again as he was transferred to Vancouver.

“He stayed on the ventilator another few days, then they took him off it and put him on the [Continuous positive airway pressure] (CPAP).”

Doctors have taken Waylon on and off the CPAP as he continues to have problems breathing. Doctors don’t know when he will be able to go home.

Bethany says her husband, Martin, cannot work while they’re with their newborn, so they’re worried about upcoming bills.

Martin’s cousin Marlene Friesen has stepped up to make the couple a GoFundMe for anyone looking to support the couple during this difficult time.


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