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Jesse Arrigo's family seeks help with therapy costs

05/06/2015 05:52 EDT | Updated 05/06/2016 05:59 EDT
The family of a nearly four-year-old Toronto boy who suffered brain damage after falling in a backyard pond when he was 10 months old say therapy costs are adding up.

Jesse Arrigo went into cardiac arrest twice, and with little hope, his family made the heartbreaking decision to take him off life support following the May 2012 accident. But he pulled through.

But three years later, Jesse is unable to run, jump or even stand on his own.

The boy's family says the intensive therapy he's undergoing costs about $100,000 a year, so they're organizing a fundraiser to help them pay for the ongoing physiotherapy, stem cell therapy, osteopathy and other treatments Jesse needs.

The Arrigos are also looking to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van, which costs between $45,000 and $50,000, to transport Jesse to his appointments.

"My hope is that he can gain some independence to walk independently, sit independently, have conversations with little pretty girls and go to school," his mother Kristin said.

A fundraising gala is being held at Mississauga's Apollo Convention Centre on May 28th. 

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