Tina Pokorny and Justin Hickling with their two sons

Tina Pokorny and Justin Hickling with their two sons

Enderby family needs community support

Hickling family

When Tina Pokorny discovered she was pregnant with her third child, she was thrilled to be adding to her family.

And with two healthy pregnancies before her, she didn’t anticipate any problems.

But after she began bleeding, doctors found amniotic fluid in the blood and she was rushed to hospital in Victoria. Now at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster and on complete bed rest, the Enderby woman is doing what she can to ensure a healthy baby.

Meanwhile, her husband, Justin Hickling, 28, is struggling to care for the couple’s young boys, Leland, four, and Hunter, two, while worrying about his wife and son on the way.

Justin’s dad, Dave Hickling, is asking for assistance from the community to help cover travel expenses and childcare.

“I’m disabled and on a pension and I’m happy to do what I can to help, but Justin really needs help with childcare so he can get to work,” he said. “He’s making ends meet, but because he doesn’t drive, he needs help with travel expenses.

“It’s been hell on both of them.”

Tina, 25,  was sent to hospital in Victoria June 14. On June 23, she was released to the care of her mother-in-law, who lives in Langley, provided she was able to get to a hospital quickly.

Three days later, she was flown to Royal Columbian, where she’s been ever since. Now almost seven months pregnant, Tina is looking at bedrest for the next two months.

“The boys are doing great, but they don’t want to talk about Mommy right now,” said Dave. “She’s definitely in everyone’s prayers.”

Donations for the family can be made at the Enderby District Credit Union to the Hickling Fund, account number 9142-1. Donations can also be sent c/o Ashton Creek Christian Fellowship, 935 Mabel Lake Rd., Enderby, B.C., V0E 1V5. If a receipt is required, please call George Rands at 250-838-6690, or include your name and address with your donation, and one will be mailed to you.

“I’m in the midst of making up donation boxes because local stores have told me to get boxes to them, and I’ve spoken to a friend at the Legion, another at the Lions Club and they want to help,” said Dave.