Friday, June 15, 2012 , Updated 10:00 a.m., June 29, 2012
June 30 party at Prophet Bar raises money for baby rocker-in-training
The son of the guitarist for Ishi needs small intestine, liver, and kidney transplants.
DALLAS Ishi, the dance-rock band from Dallas, is hosting a local show at the Prophet Bar on June 30 that will not only help spread the word about their newest EP, but also about the needs of one of their own. Guitarist Rocky Ottley recently became the proud father of a baby boy named Sebastian, who was born with Hirschsprung’s disease. Hirschsprung’s affects the function of the large intestine, as well as the small intestine in extreme cases, causing valuable nutrients to not be digested. Sebastian was born with a severe case, and he lived in the hospital three months after birth with Ottley and his mother, Brittney Gardner, by his side.
"Our day to day is pretty typical; feeding, napping, lots of Baby Einstein and activities," Gardner said. "But things like swimming or a bath, [or] excessive sweating from playing outdoors, are not ones he can partake in. To us, those are miniscule compared to the thought of not having our ray of sunshine around."
After multiple surgeries and a long road towards a temporary recovery, Sebastian is now home. But there is no cure for his condition, and further treatments were required for the baby to be able to survive. Ottley and Gardner were given the option to go home, get hospice care, and likely have their son die, or continue with more life-threatening surgeries, including small intestine, liver, and kidney transplants.
They chose surgery, and now the question is which out-of-state city they should choose for this risky procedure – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or Omaha, Nebraska. Once the surgery is completed, they will need to stay in the hospital from 6 months to a year to avoid Sebastian’s weak immune system from catching infection. Even a cold could be fatal.
This is where the Prophet Bar show comes in. All of the proceeds from the show will go to GotGuts.org - a foundation created by Ottley that will help fund the family’s needs, including travel expenses to and from whichever hospital they chose and any living expenses that will be incurred during the lengthy hospital stay. The show will also serve as a release party for the band’s latest EP, featuring their newest single, “Disco Queen,” and four remixes of the track by artists from around the country.
“Sebastian is a super baby and will light up your day at first sight," said John T. Mudd, lead singer for Ishi. "We want to take this opportunity to surpass the odds and bring awareness to Rocky and Brittney's cause as well as support them financially, which is always daunting for new parents."
Cover for the show is $10, and all of it goes to GotGuts.org. Anyone willing to donate more than $10 can do so online.
If you’ve been itching for a reason to dance -- and who needs a reason? -- mark down June 30. You'll get to hear Ishi’s newest cuts, and you'll also help a baby get closer to living a normal life.
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