Fundraiser underway to help with medical expenses for injured McPherson child


By Jessie Wagoner


Hunter Short, 9 of McPherson, continues to be hospitalized at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City following a bike accident almost two weeks ago. At the time Hunter fell off of his bike, he did not appear to have injuries. However, he has developed blood clot, bone infection and numerous complications.

Kelly and Kenny Short remain with their son at Children’s Mercy. Kelly Short has been providing regular updates on Hunter’s health via her Facebook page. Over the last week, Hunter has faced a number of complications. He is currently on ECMO to assist his heart and dialysis to help his kidneys. While he is still on a ventilator, doctors have begun to reduce his medication to encourage him to breathe more on his own.

“He’s starting to come out of the paralytic and squeezing hands and trying to open his eyes and talk,” Kelly Short said. “They are trying to get him to take breaths on his own again.”

In an effort to help the family with travel, medical and food costs there is a shirt fundraiser underway. “Hunter is my hero” shirts can be purchased for $15 at Stewart’s Sports and Awards in McPherson, or they can be purchased online at

Donations can also be made at Peoples Bank and Trust in McPherson. When making a donation, simply tell the tellers the donation is to go into Kelly and Kenny Short’s account. Donations made by check should have “In care of Hunter” in the memo section.