KAWARTHA LAKES-An Oshawa family with ties to Bobcaygeon have been dealt a devastating blow. A parent’s worst nightmare, times two.
Sweet little Kinsley Clarke was born on February 18, 2021. She was immediately moved to the neonatal intensive care unit as she was born with low blood sugar and reflux issues according to her family. Kinsley stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit for 2 weeks and was released from Hosptial in March. She later started having seizures and her sleep patterns changed. On May 21st 202 Kinsley was diagnosed with Cordical Dysplasia. 35% of the right side of her brain is severely malformed. The damage happened in utero.
Two months later Kinsley’s big brother Nate, a healthy 11-year-old boy who loves his Nintendo Switch, video games and the Toronto Maple Leafs, developed a severe nose bleed. He was taken to hospital in Oshawa but by this time he couldn’t walk according to his parents. Two hours later the doctor’s declared his bleed was life-threatening and he was rushed to Sick Kids Hospital. Nate was diagnosed with T-cell ALL Leukemia. Cancer cells have invaded his bone, bone marrow and blood.
“My family is coping the best they can. Having 2 children with such terrible illnesses is devastating,” Lesley Ford the kid’s grandmother and a resident of Bobcaygeon told Kawartha 411 News. “We are trying to take it one day at a time.”
The neurosurgical team at Sick Kids is planning to operate on Kinsley between now and Christmas. The family says the surgery will disconnect the two sides of Kinsley’s brain. She will lose movement on the left side of her body and possibly some of the sight in her left eye. She will spend 2 weeks in surgical recovery then, be released to a paediatric rehabilitation facility for approx 3 months.
After stabilizing Nate’s leukemia with over 20 blood transfusions, 20 platelet transfusions and 2 months of cycling chemotherapy, Nate got to go home for Thanksgiving. He’s just finished 5 days of chemotherapy. Nate has 30 months of treatment ahead of him as his leukemia is aggressive according to Ford.
The costs of travelling to the hospital day after day, the gas, the parking, the hospital food as well as hotel rooms to keep Nate within minutes from Sick Kids is a huge burden for the family. A Go Fund Me campaign has been set up to help the family.