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By Catherine,

Doc Talk: Dr. Amit Dotan

Doc Talk

Each year, the Montreal Children's Hospital welcomes dozens of fellows from abroad thanks to a mix of donor support and public grants. These physicians strive for excellence and their stories are truly inspirational. In this edition of Doc Talk, meet Dr. Amit Dotan, whose work spans three continents. Dr. Dotan, you could practice medicine in Israel, your country of origin, yet you decided to come to Canada. Why is that? My wife, an internal medicine specialist, and I wanted our family to experience a different culture. Dr. Mark Clarfield, formerly from McGill and now the dean of an international medical school of …

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By Catherine,

Emmanuel’s Story

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When I met with my doctor for my 5-month pregnancy check-up, he told me he couldn’t see my baby’s heart properly and referred me to the Montreal Children’s Hospital. I am a nurse and when I got the report, I read it obviously by curiosity. It was written ‘’not being able to see the heart properly, Tetralogy of Fallot or Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA). Before going to the cardiac echography of Emmanuel’s heart, I knew it wasn`t a good thing and I was scared. I got a call from the Children’s and they had an opening on the day we …

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By Catherine,

Daniel

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When their son Daniel was born deaf, his parents Dayle and Nick were distraught. Nick had grown up deaf himself and knew all too well the isolation and loneliness faced by a deaf child in a world in which everyone else can hear. At the age of three, Daniel began the process of having a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid implanted– a cutting-edge advancement in hearing technology also known as a BAHA. This would require four surgeries at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. “It’s a lot for a young child to go through but from the very beginning the doctors, nurses and staff …

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By Catherine,

A little miracle named Taly

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Taly is a “wonderful surprise” baby.  Kim, who had been diagnosed infertile, and her husband got quite a surprise when they learned they would have a third miracle baby! "My pregnancy was going well and we were very excited to have another little girl. During a routine visit to the hospital at my 38th week of pregnancy, the monitor didn’t show any movement from Taly in my belly. However, the gynecologist was not alarmed as the ultrasound didn’t show anything abnormal. The next day, still not feeling any movement from my baby, I returned to my hospital. They spent four hours …

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By Catherine,

Damian’s Story

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My name is Damian and my story began on March 14th 2015 when I was born, cute as a button, in a hospital room in Montreal. My mom, dad and older brother Martin fell in love with me instantly and all I wanted was to be cuddled in their warm and loving arms. I came home the very next day and so began my adventure. No one knew it at the time, but I was special because I was born with a condition called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. It was 6 weeks later that I suddenly became very sick and my mom …

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