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Fundraising event for hospitalized newborn

(Source: Kyla Terry) (Source: Kyla Terry)
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DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) - A Duncan skating rink opened its doors on Monday in hopes of helping a local family. 

 SK8XPress held the "Rollin' for Ryder" fundraiser to help parents Kyla Terry and David Gatliff with medical bills for their infant son. Ryder was delivered via emergency C-section on March 4th.

His parents are still at the hospital, with their son, in Oklahoma City but a relative told 7NEWS that sometime in the last three weeks of Kyla's pregnancy Ryder suffered a stroke affecting mostly the left side of his brain.  

A few days before Kyla was to be induced, doctors realized the baby was in distress and decided on the emergency C-section was necessary. After he was born, he was taken to Lawton, then a hospital in Oklahoma City.

Doctors said it would be weeks before Ryder would be off oxygen and able to have a bottle but according to Christie Armstrong, a relative, he's improving quicker than expected. 

"He is drinking from a bottle. He's off the oxygen. He's off the monitors except for just the basic little monitors that he has to have because he's there. He's very alert, happy, expressive with his face. He's just perfect."

While Ryder is doing better, he's still in the hospital, and his parents know that besides the doctor bills from this past week, there are many doctor visits ahead. 

That's why Aaron Hunt the owner of Sk8XPress set up the fundraiser.

"There is a lot of unforeseen cost into having to travel back and forth to the city and having to stay up there until Ryder is ready to come home. So, hopefully, this will go a long ways in releasing some of those burdens and medical cost and stuff that might be piling up on them. We just wanted to chip in where we can."

Kyla Terry and David Gatliff once worked at the arena and Hunt said this is the least he could do to help out the young couple and he's pleased with the response from area residents. 

"It's great to be in the community that sticks up for its own and when they hear that somebody is out there in need they step forward and do something."

And while no one ever expects something like this to happen to their child, Armstrong said Ryder's parents are holding up well.

"They are troopers, they really are. Through faith and prayer, they have really stayed strong. They are just doing amazing."

And so is little Ryder. 

Armstrong said he could be home late this week which is weeks earlier than doctors originally thought. 

Hunt collected about $260 through skating alone. 100-percent of that will go to the family along with donations people made. 

Hunt is planning a second skate benefit at Skate-Express on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

If you'd like to help out the family has an account set up at First Bank and Trust.

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