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Rocklin family mourns loss of child

Benefit for family of 2-year-old
By: Joyia Emard, Gold Country News Service
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A fundraiser will be held Saturday at the Flower Farm in Loomis to benefit a Rocklin family grieving the loss of their 2-year-old son. Evan Boungnasiri died on Jan. 11 after suffering cardiac arrest and falling eight feet from play equipment at a Rocklin park. He is the son of Amanda Boungnasiri (nee Roser), a 1997 Del Oro High School graduate and Obee Boungnasiri, who was born in Laos. His grandparents, Kathy and Ed Roser, reside in Loomis. The evening, slated from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Flower Farm, will feature appetizers, drinks, live music, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the auctions and donations collected will help the family with medical, funeral and related expenses. Amanda Boungnasiri said a celebration of Evan’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Bayside Church in Granite Bay. A balloon release will follow at Olympus Park in Roseville. The benefit is being organized by a former Del Oro classmate, Erin Eustaquio (nee Atwell), who now lives in Folsom and has a 10-month-old child. “I felt I needed to do something for them,” Eustaquio said. She is receiving help from Natasha Bailey and Tanya Sand, who do not know the Boungnasiri family, but share a mutual friend. Amanda Boungnasiri said her son was one when had surgery to repair congenital heart defects, including two holes in his heart and partial anomalous pulmonary venous return. She said he had fully recovered, but on Jan. 3 his heart apparently stopped working just before he fell from a playground structure at Breen Park. She said Evan received cardio pulmonary resuscitation immediately and defibrillation once paramedics arrived, but had no pulse for 14 minutes. He died eight days later. Amanda Boungnasiri said doctors suspect Evan may have suffered from a heart rhythm disorder called Long QT syndrome (LQTS). According to mayoclinic.com, the disorder can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats. During Evan’s hospitalization, a Facebook page, “Healing Evan” was set up to share information on Evan’s condition and to receive comments. Numerous donations have already been made to help the family, including limousine service and baked goods for the celebration of life as well as the creation of a video on Evan’s life. The page remains still active at facebook.com/healingevan. Donations and cards can be mailed to P.O. Box 1140, Loomis, 95650.