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Justin’s happy ending

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You may have heard the story of Justin’s happy-ending. With complications like an umbilical cord around the neck or a placental abruption, the baby stops breathing and doctors must deliver emergency care to revive him. We call this “asphyxia,” when the brain doesn’t get enough blood or oxygen at birth. Did you know that these complications occur in about 3% of births? Evidence shows that first-aid measures, while essential, are not enough to prevent brain damage. That’s why babies like Justin are rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Montreal Children’s Hospital to receive therapeutic hypothermia treatment. Simply put, therapeutic hypothermia consists …

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A diagnosis that changed their lives – for the better

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One year ago today, we received a phone call that changed everything for the best. After years of anguish: a diagnosis. Both of our children were admitted to the Montreal Children’s Hospital after eight days of life, after losing too much weight. Gabi spent almost a year as an in-patient, trying to gain weight. Benji never got as sick, because we knew what worked for Gabi and acted quickly. They both had low protein, low vitamins, low iron and anemia. We juggled, we balanced, we struggled, but we made it work. They had every test in the book, more than once, …

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By Fondation du Children,

A culture of giving

As parents, we hope to teach our children the important values of empathy and need to help others. Aren't these what our society should be all about? This is why, although we are a low-income family, we have decided to teach our 8 year-old son, Benjamin, and our 5 year-old son, Samuel, the joy of giving. We had established a weekly ritual, not knowing that one day, a sick little girl treated at the Children's would benefit from it. Every week, we give our sons $1.50 each that they have to split equally between 3 piggy banks: into piggy bank number …

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Jade, a courageous little girl

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When we got to the emergency room at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, we expected to be told that Jade had the flu. Instead, Jade, at 2 and a half years old, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. We were in shock.

It took us a good 24-48 hours to realize what was happening.

All of a sudden, you find yourselves surrounded by various medical teams; you’re visited by the oncology and hematology teams; and you have no idea just how long treatments are going to be... At first, you don’t understand it all, so you don’t realize …

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By Fondation du Children,

William Hum: Sharing his good fortune

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The Children’s has been a part of our family for many years.  When I was a kid, I had my tonsils removed at the Children’s and my two sons, now 15 and 13, have depended on the hospital for care over the years – thankfully never for anything that turned out to be too serious!  However, we have had a few scares and, every time we’ve turned to the Children’s, we’ve received nothing but extremely great care. It occurred to us, on a recent trip to the ER, that the quality of care we benefit from is in part, largely …

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