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By Catherine,

A message of hope from Emma, after beating anorexia nervosa

Emma

Last week at school, my homework assignment was to identify 13 symptoms of depression. It wasn’t hard for me to do, since I myself experienced a period of severe depression during the winter of 2014. I was only 13 years old. It all started at the beginning of high school. I didn’t feel well, and believed I should be doing more sports. So I asked my parents if I could start swimming. Within a few months, I was swimming three nights a week for 90 minute sessions. I was exercising all the time. I constantly felt like I needed to train …

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By Catherine,

Doug’s Story

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After reading the story about little Massimo in Le Children magazine, I felt it was time for me to share my son’s story. Douglas was a born on November 25th 1985 with the same condition as Massimo: “Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)”. The day Doug was born we were left with a million questions. Why was he born with this condition? How many children are born this way? What did we do to cause this? And the biggest question: will he grow up? It was not until I was exposed to the Neonatal Unit of the Children’s that I came to …

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By Catherine,

Interview with Dr. Mirko Gilardino

Mirko Gilardino

Dr. Mirko Gilardino is a plastic surgeon and the director of the H.B. Williams Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery Unit at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. When did it become clear that you wanted to work with children? I always knew I wanted to work in a surgical specialty. During my studies at McGill, by a fortunate coincidence, I was put into the pediatric plastic surgery unit headed by Dr. Bruce Williams. Being from a family of artists, the artistry of the approach to this type of work really struck home for me. I became passionate about the idea of changing the facial structure, …

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By Catherine,

The Christmas gift you are waiting for

Thomas

It was the most wonderful Christmas present our family could have wished for; last December 24th, the Montreal Children’s Hospital called us to make an appointment in early January. What a relief! A few weeks prior, we had learned that at only one month old, Thomas suffered from Craniosynostosis – when the suture in the skull prematurely fuses by turning into bone – and would require skull surgery. Our pediatrician had only seen such a case once before in 25 years of practice. I was therefore eager to discuss with specialists to better understand what was in store for our …

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By Catherine,

An Easy Way to Make a Big Difference

Terry Tretiak

Terry Tretiak and his wife, Claude Lebel, have two young children who received care at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. To express their gratitude they historically donated to the hospital’s foundation with cash donations but realized that they could optimize their donations if they donated by way of a gift of shares. A gift of shares is one of the easiest and most tax-effective ways of donating. Individuals who donate shares to a charity are entitled to claim a tax deductionand are not taxed on the capital gains. “We called the Montreal Children’s Foundation to find out more about the …

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