Preparing to say goodbye to Gordon
Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6:44PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:35PM MDT
One month after the arrival of their son, a Calgary family is spending their days at the Flames Rotary House preparing to face the inevitable.
Gordon Kennedy was born on February 14, weighing a healthy 6 lbs. 9 oz. The newborn passed all medical tests with flying colours and was given a clean bill of health.
Prior to Gordon’s fourth check-up, his mother, Jerfield Bahaya, noticed Gordon’s head had grown abnormally large.
Bahaya’s concerns proved well placed and Gordon was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a rare brain cancer usually found in adults. Only three per cent of children diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme survive.
Less than two weeks after the diagnosis, Gordon’s health deteriorated and he was removed from life support.
“It’s terminal,” said Gordon’s father Joshua. “There’s nothing they can do.”
The family says they're cherishing every moment they have with their infant son.
“Really there’s no definite cause of it which makes it really hard,” said Bahaya. “We just want to spread the awareness so that no other family will go through this heartache that we’re going through right now.”
Gordon’s parents have created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for brain tumour research in the hopes of bringing an end to cancer.