A Drayton Valley man fighting to save his only leg said he is grateful to those who have shown support in his efforts to receive surgery in the United States.
A GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/save-grants-only-leg) has been created to help Grant Glister, who is facing the loss of his only leg due to an aneurysm behind his left knee.
Glister, who had been an RCMP member for four years and a peace officer/sergeant for multiple municipalities for a further 33 years, lost his right leg in 2015 after waking up to immense pain behind his kneecap.
The pain in his leg was also accompanied by a baseball sized lump. He was rushed to hospital, where doctors were forced to amputate from above the knee ushering in months of intense physiotherapy afterwards.
In early January Glister was informed that another aneurysm had occured, this time behind his left kneecap. Doctors advised him that surgery would be too risky and came with a 70% chance of the artery still becoming or remaining blocked within two years, and an amputation would have to happen.
"We just don't know when this other one is going to go," said Grant's wife Les Glister. "They are keeping an eye on it but unfortunately it could go anytime, we don't know how much time he has."
An amputation would effectively put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, and their home would have to be sold since it isn't wheelchair accessible.
His only hope is to have further testing and possibly surgery that isn't done in Canada but is done at the Mayo Clinic in the United States. The GoFundMe page has set a goal of $150,000 and so far over $5,900 has been raised.
Grant says he is overwhelmed with the support he has recieved so far and is thankful for the donations that have come in.
A fundraiser will also be held at the Drayton Valley Legion on March 3.
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