Earlier this month, Red Deer’s Scott and Makenna Ebbert had a baby boy, Jensen.
Soon after Jensen was brought home, his parents noticed he was twitching, which later resulted in a seizure. Doctors examined him and test results revealed he has meningitis.
“Knowing the diagnosis gives a treatment plan and hope that he can make a strong recovery,” a GoFundMe page says.
“Unfortunately, the brain damage he received from his bleeds is irreversible and we won’t know what the damage is until he grows and has to reach milestones.”
After an ultrasound, doctors discovered multiple abscesses in his brain that needed to be drained immediately. Jensen will undergo brain surgery to remove the abscesses.
The surgery was originally scheduled for this week, but has been moved to next week.
“His doctors don’t want to irritate anything while he’s stable,” an update on the fundraiser page said this week.
The online fundraiser for the family was launched earlier this week and has already received about $10,000 in donations as of Thursday afternoon.
According to the GoFundMe page, Jensen will be in hospital for about eight more weeks. Scott and Makenna will not be returning to work until their son is more stable.
Search for “Jensen Ebbert” on www.gofundme.com to find the fundraiser.