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Dec 6, 2017

Baby Abigail was born at 22 weeks’ gestation, weighing barely over a pound. In the isolette, a tiny, week-old baby lifts her index finger-sized arm. Baby Abigail weighs 498 grams – barely over a pound. She was born four months early, at 22 weeks, 6 days’ gestation. Extremely premature babies like Abigail are at high […]

Nov 30, 2017

The bright colours and natural light in the new Special Care Nursery create a peaceful environment for patients and their parents. Some of The Ottawa Hospital’s smallest patients have a new home. The Special Care Nursery at the Civic Campus recently moved into a new space, just across the hall. Not only does this new […]

Nov 22, 2017

Baby Avalina Sousa was born at 24 weeks and spent her first 127 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Ottawa Hospital is renovating its current NICU facilities at the General Campus to give each baby a separate room. Sarah and Lorenzo Sousa were happily expecting their second child. Sarah Sousa was 24 weeks […]

Nov 15, 2017

Dr. Xiaohui Zha gained a new appreciation for life while recovering from a stroke. “I realized that if you want to make a difference in the world or in science, you need to do it today, because there might not be a tomorrow.” Dr. Xiaohui Zha was listening to one of her students present at […]

Nov 8, 2017

Marc-Olivier Deguise hopes to change the way that specialists and researchers think about a childhood muscle-wasting disease called spinal muscular atrophy. Traditionally considered a disease of the nerves controlling the muscles, Deguise found that this condition also affects other organs. He was awarded the hospital’s 2017 top research trainee award for his work. Growing up […]

Nov 1, 2017

Dr. Michael Schlossmacher helped establish a key concept in Alzheimer’s disease and is now investigating the link between Parkinson’s and the immune system. As a young medical student in Austria, Michael Schlossmacher and his fellow students had to prepare a report on the possible causes of stomach ulcers. They stuck with all the conventional theories […]

Oct 25, 2017

CANVent Respiratory Therapist Kathy Walker helped Marty Meech learn how to use his noninvasive ventilator at home. Marty Meech eyes the small square machine on his living room coffee table. It is key to his independence because it will help him breathe. Meech was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) 5.5 years ago. This wasting […]

Oct 18, 2017

Dr. Jean Seely is one of the many doctors who helps patients through cancer treatment at The Ottawa Hospital. When Brenda went for what she thought was a routine mammogram, her mind was elsewhere. It was just weeks after her mother had passed away, and she was thinking about the celebration of life. When the […]

Oct 11, 2017

France Todd (centre) was part of a pilot study to reduce the amount of blood patients lose during liver surgery and limit their need for blood transfusions. France Todd’s liver cancer came out of the blue. “It was one of those flukes,” said the avid downhill skier, CrossFitter, and mother of two. “I went in […]

Oct 4, 2017

Two-and-a-half years after a head-on collision, Ashley Ruelland is regaining her life. Life can change in an instant. Ashley Ruelland lived to tell the story of her ‘instant.’ Ruelland, who recently shared her inspiring story at The Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s President’s Breakfast event, had been living in an apartment with her two cats. Then 27, […]