A Bedford, N.S., family says they’ve sacrificed their home to cover tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses for their son.
Noah Isenor, now 15 years old, was born premature. He has a number of health issues including spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and visual and speech impairment. He relies on a specially designed accessible van to get him around.
To date, Noah has endured more than 30 surgeries, with at least three more planned within the next eight months.
Even in Canada, that type of medical care is not cheap. So far, the Isenors have spent $200,000 in medical expenses.
To pay for that level of of care, his parents gave up their home in Enfield and moved into a Bedford apartment.
Tara Isenor and her husband Dwayne say they're concerned they might now lose their accessible van, which cost close to $70,000.
"If we lose a particular piece of equipment for Noah, that means his quality of life is affected, and that has an impact on our entire family," said Tara Isenor.
Amanda Collins, one of two women who provide care for Noah, is helping with the Noah's Journey fundraising drive. The drive is using Facebook and an online crowdfunding site to raise $55,000 to help cover expenses.
"I really feel for them because they've done everything right as parents and they need help and I just feel like I can offer that to them," she said.
At one point in the last couple of years, the Isenors were both unemployed.
Dwayne Isenor is back to work, but with just one salary coming in, it's been a tough job paying all the bills. They've been trying to keep their stress away from their son.
"Noah's a worrier. He can go to bed and just cry himself to sleep some nights, worrying about things that he's heard or seen," said Tara Isenor.
Noah’s latest round of surgeries will include breaking both his feet and reconstructing them. That will mean a couple more weeks in the hospital and close to a year of intensive physiotherapy.
The Isenors say they're only trying to raise enough to cover Noah’s care and any extra will be donated to the IWK Health Centre to help other families who are in situations similar to theirs.