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Success Stories

Zoë’s Story

Zoë was only 9 months old when she had her first experience at CHEO. She had a high fever that was not dissipating and was becoming very lethargic. The team at CHEO recognized she was becoming more gravely ill and took the necessary action to discover she had a blood infection. After several more blood infections in her early years, she was ultimately diagnosed with Primary Immune Deficiency at the age of 3 and has been taking daily penicillin doses ever since. Read more

Tara's Story

Mental illness has lived inside of me for a long time. As a child I remember anxiety eating me up inside. I was too nervous to eat before school, and too worried of failure to participate in any extra-curricular activities. Read more

Roslyn's Story

On November 22, 2016 our beautiful daughter Roslyn was born. Due to her coming so quickly (3 hours to be exact) she didn't have enough time to fully clear out her lungs. Because of that, she was having a very difficult time breathing and unable to feed by mouth without aspirating. Read more

Easton's Story

CHEO has been amazing for my family from the very start. Our three-year-old son Easton was born early at 26 weeks and has had health issues ever since. He has a brain shunt and has had to have it revised several times.   Read more

Riley's Story

On November 26, I checked my seven year old daughter Riley into CHEO for moderate abdominal pain, vomiting, headache, dizziness, and lethargy. She was unable to sit up or walk without screaming in pain and/or throwing up. I was concerned at the time that we would be easily dismissed at the hospital. We drove out from Perth and made our way to CHEO because I felt Perth doesn't have the child-sized equipment she might need. Read more

Ethan's Story

On August 7, 2005, I was getting our ten month old son, Ethan, ready for his nightly routine. He had been experiencing an unusual amount of gas and was pretty fussy; he even pooped in the bathtub. When I got him out of the tub, I noticed what looked like 3 red blotches, about the size of a toonie. Very alarmed, I called Telehealth and the operator advised me to quickly get him to our local emergency department in Sault Ste. Marie. Read more

Jason's Story

I was born on June 17, 1987 with a heart defect called congenital heart disease. I was only three weeks old when I went into heart failure. Read more

Stéphanie's Story

My name is Stéphanie Mallet-Côté and I'm 23 years old. I was born November 24, 1992. I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of the doctors, nurses and the entire team who took care of me during my first seventeen years of life.  Read more

Emily's Story

As first time parents, my husband and I were beyond excited to see our baby at the 12 week ultrasound, but never expected to hear the word "omphalocele" at the end of the appointment. It was explained to us that our baby was diagnosed as having a rare abdominal wall defect where some of the organs would remain outside in a sac through the umbilicus for the remainder of the pregnancy. Additionally, there was a strong possibility of serious and deadly genetic issues that usually accompany the omphalocele diagnosis. To say we were scared, confused and angry at the diagnosis would be an understatement. Read more

Liliana's Story

What is more scary for new parents then having your two week old baby cry for seven hours straight? Ending up at CHEO in the Emergency department unable to fathom what could be wrong. Read more

Everley's Story

7-month-old Everley Yolkowskie was born with a rare condition called Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS). Here is a wonderful letter from her mother, Sarah: Being a Mom has taught me a lot about life. What really matters. Who really matters. Being a Mom to Everley has renewed my faith in society, my love and appreciation for a caring, loving and giving community. Read more

Sabrina's Story

When I was five months pregnant with our daughter Sabrina, she was diagnosed with a heart defect called Transposition of the Great Arteries with Atrial Septal Defect. It was a complete shock. Nobody in our families has any history of heart problems. Dr. Lougheed, her CHEO cardiologist, carefully explained the situation. We were told Sabrina would needed open heart surgery, shortly after birth.  Read more

Emma's Story

On September 30, 1997, exactly one week before my 6th birthday, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALS). After undergoing chemotherapy for two and a half years at CHEO, I was finally in remission. I fought this terrible disease with all of my little body and came out a stronger person than ever. Today, I am fully cured. But never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine having to go back to CHEO -- this time, as a Mom. Read more

Gabriel`s Story

March 29, 2015 will remain in my memory forever. On that day we were introduced to hell and then embraced by CHEO and their wonderful team. Read more

Jack's Story

One of my twin boys (Jack) was rushed to emergency on the evening of March 7 after he suffered a seizure at home. We were admitted later that evening and, because of a hunch or a feeling from the attending doctor, Jack had a CT scan that revealed some sort of growth behind his left ear. The neurosurgeon on call was Dr. David McAuley and he was in front of me 30 minutes after the results - which would have been around 3 am. I know it’s his job but at that moment, with that news, I was so impressed with the speed with which this all unfolded. Read more

Isabelle's Story

I can still remember the day when my daughter Isabelle was diagnosed with Common Variable Immunodeficiency – a disorder of the immune system. Since her birth, every year Isabelle had dealt with different medical issues, but it was only in May 2011 that the physicians at CHEO diagnosed her illness. Read more

Thomas's Story

Our beautiful son was born on November 30, 2013. We had a very difficult delivery and he was born without vital signs. Shortly after birth and resuscitation the CHEO Neonatal Transport Team came to take our son to the NICU at CHEO. Read more

Archer's Story

CHEO has given our son the gifts of sight and sound. At 9 months old, our son Archer was diagnosed with bilateral cataracts which were removed during two surgeries by the amazing Dr. Fournier in December 2014 and February 2015. Read more

Gabrielle's Story

Bonjour, I would like to say thank you to all the staff that worked Friday night, March 11 in the CHEO Emergency. It was a busy night. Read more

Ella's Story

Our daughter Ella was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia at CHEO in July 2015. Many nurses and doctors stood out -- for many reasons. What an amazing team and support system we had in CHEO. I have the utmost respect for everyone we came in contact with. Dr. Nasr came in on his days off to check on Ella and some of our nurses even came up to see us when we switched floors. Read more

Serenity's Story

When my daughter was two years old, she had a cavity, but I could not find a pediatric dentist who would take her. CHEO booked her right away. She was on heavy antibiotics for a couple weeks through an IV, but once she was clear for dental surgery, she was taken right away. The staff walked me through every step and the volunteers helped me cope when she was put under for the surgery. Read more

Shaylah's Story

April 1st, 2004 was a day which will both haunt me and inspire me for the rest of my life. On that day I was admitted to CHEO as a newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic. Many people who suffer from a chronic illness will describe their diagnosis story as a time of fear, loss of self, and hopelessness. I describe mine as a time of change, new beginnings, and growth. Read more

Erica's Story

A little over 12 years ago my daughter Erica was born seemingly healthy and happy. When she was approximately 8 weeks old I started noticing that she was sleeping a lot, but still eating, peeing, pooping - which is what we look for in a newborn. And she had no fevers. A week later, something just didn't seem right. She was crying and uncomfortable. I decided to take her to Queensway Carleton Emergency dept. Read more

Bridget´s Story

I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to all the CHEO volunteers. My daughter Bridget has had three hospital stays in the last three months and each time I do not know what we would've done without the volunteers. From bringing Bridget toys to sitting with her for a few minutes while I was able to go get coffee, food, have a shower, did I mention coffee? Everyone I met was so kind, thoughtful and caring and I only wish I could remember all the names of those who helped us so that they can be thanked individually. Read more

Fenton`s Story

Three years ago our son, Fenton was born at 9 lbs 7 oz, 42 weeks and seemingly healthy and strong. Three days later we rushed him to CHEO as he had symptoms of a blockage in his bowels and was barely responsive. The emergency staff was swift, calm, and reassuring when we were confused and reeling.  Read more

Tandra's Story

My family is very thankful to CHEO for both my kids, but more so my daughter. You have great staff and are great with families. Read more 

Christina's Story

CHEO has saved my life, given me back my life and changed my life for the better. A couple of years ago, I had stomach issues which turned into a severe eating disorder. I was very sick and heading on a destructive path. Read more

Maxim's Story

Eleven years ago my son Maxim was born pre-maturely in Gatineau. Your CHEO transport team came and carefully brought him to CHEO where he received the best care in the world. Read More

Pascal's Story

For two years, Pascal Bessette suffered from nausea which caused him to throw up on a regular basis. On October 18, 2014 Pascal suddenly lost consciousness at home and was rushed by ambulance to CHEO. Read More

Ashley's Story

This past thanksgiving I was thankful for CHEO. I lived a normal life up until October of 2009. I was healthy and a typical 13 year old. I was in dance and was just going into high school with the expectation that it would be the best time of my life. Read More

Teamwork solves the riddle of SIFD

If it takes a village to raise a child, in research, it takes team collaboration. Teamwork and new perspectives can rocket discoveries forward and help make incredible progress. At the CHEO, we see progress every day that directly benefits our patients. Read More

Alexis's Story

It has been five years since the beginning of our journey when our son Alexis was diagnosed in August 2010 with panhypopituitarism and secondary adrenal insufficiency. It all started with a visit to the Emergency room in July 2010 as Alexis, who was two months old at the time, was jaundiced and had low blood sugar. Read More

Kevin's Story

In 1980, at the age of 14, I was diagnosed with several peptic, duodenal and esophageal ulcers. This was caused by stress and post traumatic events in my life. Read more

Sarah's Story

I was born April 13, 1990 at the Hull Hospital in Quebec by cesarean section due to my being in breech position. I was born with a club foot, among other problems that the doctors were unsure of. The doctors thought I may never walk. Read More

Kolin's Story

Kolin Casagrande was born at the Ottawa Civic hospital on May 17, 1978 at a healthy nine pounds. Two days later, however, things took a turn for the worst and he was sent to CHEO where he was put under the care of Dr. Mercer. Read More

Kate's Story

Anne Murphy was celebrating her daughter Kate’s 6th birthday, when the thought crossed her mind that she might not have seen this day if it hadn’t been for the amazing doctors and nurses at CHEO. It was a little over a year before Kate's 6th birthday when Kate suffered a terrible accident... Read More

Izzy's Story

Isabella is a vivacious 13-year-old girl who always wears a smile on her face. She’s able to smile even though she has spent many nights at CHEO. Her stays are made easier thanks to a caring staff and just recently because of her involvement in CHEO Foundation fundraising initiatives. Read More

Hailey's Story

After suffering three miscarriages, Hailey's parents were elated when an ultrasound revealed that they had been blessed with twins. Then came a different kind of ultrasound, one that revealed that one of their twin daughters, who would later be named Hailey, had a malformation of the diaphragm causing her abdominal organs to push into her lungs. Read More

Nick's Story

Nick Dal Farra's Mother still remembers when her son announced, "Mom, I got Cancer for Christmas!" It was less than a week until Christmas when their family found out that the lump that had been removed from their sons thumb was not as harmless as previously suspected. 12 year old Nick had cancer just in time for Christmas. Read More

Olivier's Story

Olivier Ulysse is having a great time building a volcano in the playroom located on CHEO’s four West unit. With the help of his parents he carefully cuts and dips strips of plaster into a water dish and then applies them to the cottons balls, glued to the large mound in front of him.The plaster covered cotton balls will quickly harden and give shape to an exciting volcano. Read More

Logan's Story

Newlyweds Heather and Graham Irvine were thrilled to find out they were pregnant with a “Honeymoon Baby” but shocked to learn during an ultrasound that their baby boy would be born with a congenital heart defect. Logan has a complicated version of a condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, making his heart unable to properly function. Read More

Breeann's Story

In 2003, Breeann Hoogwerf’s parents noticed their daughter was holding a book close to her face to read. She went from having an eye exam done to see if she needed reading glasses, to an appointment with a specialist and an MRI. She had a tumour in her brain. Read More

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