All a 14-year-old Airdrie girl named Kaley Biggar wanted was to see Shawn Mendes sing on Monday, but then she received a life-threatening diagnosis.
Biggar was diagnosed with a blood yeast infection and has been a patient at Alberta Children’s Hospital for the past seven weeks, where she is on aggressive antibiotic treatment to clear the infection, according to Dana Leann, a friend of Biggar’s family.
To make matters worse, Biggar will be transferred to Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital next week. There she is scheduled to undergo open-heart surgery on July 11 to replace a pacemaker she had had since childhood in hopes of curing her.
Shawn Mendes performs during Q102’s 2018 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Biggar’s kidney function is also declining, making the surgery even more necessary.
Biggar is unable to attend the pop star’s Monday night performance at Calgary’s Saddledome because of the risk of catching a virus, because even if she were to catch a cold, it would delay her surgery by six weeks.
Kaley Biggar at Children’s Hospital in Calgary
Born with multiple life-threatening birth defects, Biggar has had 44 surgeries with two more planned in the next four weeks. She was born with three holes in her heart and is 100 percent dependent on the feeding tube.
Alberta Children’s Hospital has so far reached Mendes unsuccessfully.
The Biggar family wants the public to tell their story in hopes of catching the singer’s attention.