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By Louis,

The new life of Ainsley

ainsley

As parents, we’re asked to make difficult decisions when it comes to our children. But I never imagined that one day, I’d make the decision to have half of my little Ainsley’s brain removed. Each step of the process that led to that decision was fraught with fear and doubt.

When Ainsley was 11 months old, pediatricians noticed she wasn’t reaching the normal stages of development for a baby. Over the course of the next few years, Ainsley saw many specialists to determine what was wrong.  Finally after ruling out many options including a fatal degenerative disease, they determined …

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By Louis,

The clock was ticking for Jazper

Jazper

"There are no words to truly express how lucky we feel and how grateful we are to the staff at the Montreal Children’s Hospital," says Jazper’s mom Nadia, still shaken after her new-born’s bumpy beginnings in life. Two weeks after his birth, Jazper and his family went to the see the doctor for a routine appointment. "His pediatrician, Dr. Richard Haber, heard a murmur and immediately checked his femoral pulse: he had none. We were referred to cardiologist Dr. Charles Rohlicek who would see us immediately," she recalls. That’s when the news hit: Jazper needed to undergo surgery. At just 19 …

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By Louis,

A break thanks to P.K.

Gabriel Abouassaly

On January 3rd, in the early hours of the morning, my son Gabriel and I were getting ready for a very exciting day: We were setting off on a 2-day trip to Nashville, USA, to meet P.K. Subban and watch him face off against his old team. Going on vacation with Gabriel takes a lot of planning. Because he suffers from severe haemophilia, I had to make sure the hospital in Nashville could care for him in case of any health issues. We even got the chance to fly on a private jet, where Gabriel was dazzled by the wide assortment of …

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By Louis,

Touching testimonial of a 16-year-old

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I'm in Sec 5 and I can't wait to see what the future holds for me. I never would've said that a year ago though, when I was feeling suicidal. I used to hate myself so much. When I looked at myself in the mirror, I thought I looked big. I felt so ugly in my skin that I thought if I walked out in the street, people would look at me and be disgusted by what they'd see. I especially hated my curves. Some men made me feel bad about my body. So I decided to stop eating. I limited myself …

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By Louis,

A mother who cares

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At the Children’s, there’s a saying that “kids must still be kids”. Jennifer Michelin Berzan understood that the day she first brought her son Alexander to the hospital for his asthma problems.  She and her sister were frequently treated at the hospital when they were young and her short stay with her son made her realize the limited resources the hospital had to entertain children.  She decided to do something to change this, and take advantage of a valuable opportunity to teach her kids the importance of mutual aid and sharing. With help from family, friends and the community, Jennifer and her sons …

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