An online fundraiser has been set up for a Vancouver Island baby who remains in critical condition after he and his mother were pulled from a river.
Rescuers found Veronika Weaver, 26, and her seven-month-old son, Grant Weaver, floating down the fast-moving Puntledge River on Friday afternoon. Veronika did not survive, and Grant is fighting for his life in the BC Children's Hospital.
Multiple witnesses called 911 after seeing the pair in the water.
"This was the most chaotic and most urgent scene I've been a part of," Paul Berry, search manager Comox Search and Rescue, told CBC News.
Samantha Dimery was so upset by the story that she set up a fundraiser page to help out the Comox family — despite having no idea who they were.
"I have no clue how or why the tragedy happened to a seven month old boy but here I am. I have no idea his name, or his family or mothers, nor even if he is going to stay strong enough to pull through this," Dimery wrote on the GoFundMe page.
"I would like to set up funding for his treatments if need be/for his family members that may need a bit of financial help to see him in the hospital/medication/anything this little boy may need."
She has since been in contact with Grant's father, Doug Weaver.
His wife, Veronika, worked in accounts payable at North Island College and was on maternity leave, according to the Times Colonist.
Authorities have not concluded how Veronika and Grant ended up in the water, but the B.C. Coroners Service said it will look into "anything from a tragic fall to post-partum depression [and] psychosis," according to the newspaper.
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