Clarenville man with CF looking for the ‘gift’ of a second chance of life

THE PACKET | Danette Dooley
Perry and Jamie Chaulk in the hospital.
Family and friends of Jamie Chaulk are rallying around the Clarenville man and his move to Toronto while he awaits a double-lung transplant.
Jamie has cystic fibrosis. More commonly known as CF, the disease is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults.

Jamie is from St. John’s. He lives in Clarenville with his partner Perry Chaulk who is from Charlottetown, Bonavista Bay.

The couple has been in Toronto since mid-April.

“Jamie is currently admitted at St. Michael’s hospital in downtown Toronto for treatment for an infection that he’s developed since we got here,” Perry said when answering questions via text message on May 4.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the disease has various effects on the body, but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs.

Perry said Jamie’s lung function has now decreased to 19 per cent which, he said, is “super low.” Continue reading
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