Arel is finally back at home in Kelowna after spending two weeks at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for treatment (Photo courtesy of Rachel Cunanan)

Two-month-old Kelowna boy diagnosed with rare heart disorder returns home from treatment

Arel spent two weeks at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver after suffering multiple cardiac arrests

It’s finally the news the Serrano family in Kelowna has been waiting for.

The family’s two-month-old baby suffered multiple cardiac arrests and a stroke earlier this month before being rushed to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for treatment. Now baby Arel is finally back at home in Kelowna recovering.

READ MORE: Kelowna restaurant to hold fundraiser for one-year-old with cancer

While Arel’s condition is now stable with the help of medication, he has sustained a brain injury as well as a diagnosis of the rare heart disorder, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

To help the family cover Arel’s treatment costs, a GoFundMe was started on Jan. 9 by Kelowna resident Rachel Cunanan.

Cunanan said the donations have been greatly appreciated, particularly since Arel’s mother is on maternity leave and Arel’s father had to take time off work to help with the treatment process.

“Your donations made it possible for Arel’s parents to stay with him through this battle. Your prayers and well wishes got him to where he is today,” said Cunanan.

Other people have also expressed their outpouring of support for Arel’s recovery.

“We are grateful to every single one of you. Let us continue to pray for Arel’s continuous improvement and recovery,” said Kelowna resident Sara Cormier.

“I pray for the prompt recovery of baby Arel. Hang in there little one” said Rae Ma Gonzales.

As of Jan. 10, Cunanan said Arel is breathing on his own and is now able to feed on a bottle.

So far, almost $4,400 has been raised for Arel’s treatment by 81 people on the GoFundMe page.


@connortrembley
connor.trembley@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fire crews knock down trailer blaze on Gordon Drive

Reports came in about the fire at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Monday morning

Date announced for 2020 Kelowna Walk for ALS

The event will take place on Sunday, June 14 at Waterfront Park

Two former Rockets players make NHL debut

Calvin Thurkauf and Gage Quinney made their NHL debuts on Saturday

Deadline for Central Okanagan dog license savings fast approaching

Owners can register their dogs online at rdco.com/dogs and using the My Dog Matters App

Snowfall warning in effect for the Coquihalla Highway

An unstable airmass is producing heavy flurries over parts of the southern highway passes

VIDEO: B.C.’s seventh coronavirus patient at home in Fraser Health region

Canada in ‘containment’ as COVID-19 spreads in other countries

North Okanagan ultra athlete ‘hearts’ ice baths

Shanda Hill and father carve stunning creations into ice at Ellison Lake

Teck CEO says Frontier withdrawal a result of tensions over climate, reconciliation

Don Lindsay speaks at mining conference, a day after announcing suspension of oilsands project

Father and children killed in fatal crash near Kamloops

The family was travelling from Southern Alberta

Okanagan man swims across Columbia River to evade Trail police

RCMP Cpl. Devon Reid says the incident began the evening of Thursday, Feb. 20

Breaking: Penticton woman pleads guilty to manslaughter of boyfriend

Kiera Bourque pleaded guilty in a Penticton courtroom on Monday

Summerland Steam end regular season in third place

Three Junior B hockey games held over past week

‘Hilariously bad’: RCMP looking for couple with forged, paper Alberta licence plate

Mounties said the car crashed when it lost a wheel but the duo ran away as police arrived

Summerland Steam and Princeton Posse to face off in division semifinals

Junior B hockey teams begin best of seven series on Feb. 28 in Princeton

Most Read