My CHEO Story
Three and a half year ago my beautiful son was born early and the doctors became concerned, as he was missing milestones. At 8 months old we had our first visit to neurology and received the news that no parent wants to hear; something was wrong.
This began the investigation phase and a few month later, my son ended up being hospitalized for 3 months due to a severe feeding and respiratory issues. After a lengthy investigation, doctors discovered that he had a vascular ring causing 70 percent construction of his trachea and esophagus.
Why I'm involved
I never expected my life to be so closely associated to a hospital when I became a parent, but I am so thankful to have CHEO in our life. After spending countless days and nights in emergency, hospitalizations, specialists appointments, labs and rehabilitation; one becomes extremely grateful to have access to such an amazing hospital and magnificent staff.
My son is alive and continuing to progress because of CHEO and I just want to find some little way to give back.
- Patient and Family Advisory Committee Member 2019-2020
- Attended Children’s Healthcare Conference December 8-10, 2019
- Patient and Family Advisory Committee Member 2020-present
- Attended Ontario Child Health Support Unit Conference in Toronto
- Research Project Reviewer: Examining the role of endoscopic ultrasound as a novel measure of disease activity in pediatric ulcerative colitis
- Research Project Reviewer: Neuro-MRI during sleep in infants and children: Addressing COVID-19 pandemic associated limitations to MRI with anesthesia
- Research Project Reviewer: “They Can Play”: Evaluating coach behaviours and knowledge use while delivering a multi-sport program to children with chronic medical conditions