Nova Scotia

N.S. girl in California for operations

A six-year-old girl from the Bridgewater area is in California for several operations to save her life.
Chelsea White and mom Shannon Price arrived in California on Sunday. (CBC)

A six-year-old girl from the Bridgewater area is in California for several operations to save her life.

Chelsea White and her mother, Shannon Price, arrived in the U.S. on Sunday afternoon. Over the next six weeks, the Grade 1 student will have five procedures that aren't performed in Canada.

Daune White spoke to his wife and daughter once they were settled in.

"Chelsea seems to like it. I asked Shannon if I was going to be able to get my little girl back and she said she likes her new home. That's basically what it's going to be for the next two months," White said.

Chelsea has arterial venous malformation, a rare neurological condition that has created a mass of tangled blood vessels in her brain. If those vessels bleed, she could have a stroke or die.

Chelsea will have four separate operations to block off the blood vessels. She will need a week to recover after each procedure. After that, doctors will remove the tangled mess.

"We've been nervous since she was born. It's been a ticking time bomb type thing," White said.

Initially, the Nova Scotia government would not cover Price's travel and accommodation because she wasn't the one having surgery. But after some lobbying, the government changed the funding rules  in time for Chelsea's trip.

Chelsea and her mother are staying at a hotel, though they hope to move to the Ronald McDonald House near the hospital. They are expected back in Nova Scotia in July.

Meanwhile, White and his other children are trying to carry on at home.

"[We're] trying to stay positive. Just go to stay strong to get through this," he said.

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