Khye with his parents Angela Degn and Matt Freeck.
Khye with his parents Angela Degn and Matt Freeck.

The clock is ticking for little Khye

HUNDREDS of Ipswich residents have backed a young family's fight to save their little boy from losing his leg.

Adventurous Leichhardt toddler Khye Freeck has been desperate to take his first steps for a while now.

But before he can do that, he faces an unfair obstacle.

The 17-month-old was born with fibular hemimelia, which means his right leg is shorter than his left and he is missing a bone in his leg and two toes.

As a result of the condition little Khye is unable to walk.

Australian doctors said amputation was Khye's best option.

But his parents Angela Degn and Matt Freeck instead turned their attention overseas and found a US-based specialist who offered leg-lengthening surgery with promising results.

Unfortunately the procedure doesn't come cheap - likely to set the family back about $200,000.

With Khye's surgery scheduled for next January in Florida, the family has less than six months to raise the amount.

Earlier this year, The Queensland Times reported about Khye and his family's predicament.

Since the article was published, Ms Degn said the support from the community had been overwhelming.

"Recently a fundraiser was organised by a generous group of classic car and motorbike enthusiasts which raised about $16,000," Ms Degn, 23, said.

"Rosewood State School held a free dress day as well, which generated an additional $1000.

"There have been plenty of other successful fundraising initiatives too - it's just been amazing."

NewsXpress Lowood owner Nia Kugel said her store had also joined the fundraising efforts for Khye.

"We have a donation jar which we leave on our counter to collect money for various causes," she said.

"Generally people throw in their loose change, but when we started raising funds for Khye people were throwing in notes.

"Pretty soon the jar was full with about $1000. A lot of people seemed to empathise with Khye and wanted to support him."

However despite all the money raised so far, the family is still $150,000 short of their crucial target.

"I only hope this support continues so that our little boy is one day able to stand on his own two feet," Ms Degn said.

"Sometimes life gets tough for some families and if this experience has taught me anything it's that my community is full of wonderful people who are willing to help others in need.

"I think a lot of people, particularly parents, sympathise with our situation, knowing they would do the same thing for their kids."

For information about upcoming fundraising events search for "Please Help Save Khye's Foot" or email angeladegn@gmail.com.

To donate to Khye Visit gofundme.com/9k8iek



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