Moments after birth, Marlowe suffered a stroke. She was immediately rushed to The Hospital for Sick Children. Over the next week, the NICU became her home and dozens of SickKids staff became part of her daily routine.
Results from an MRI showed significant damage to an area in Marlowe's brain. Frightened and concerned, her parents heard the words they needed to hear from Marlowe’s doctors: "Everything to do with strokes is different when it comes to babies," they said. "You watch. You'll be amazed."
Now, at four years old, Marlowe is hitting all of her cognitive benchmarks. She thinks the specialists who see her regularly are her fan club based on their constant cheers and encouragement.
With a small palsy on her left side, determined, she learned to crawl using her head and right arm. She has just received a special orthotic and hand brace and does physiotherapy regularly. She loves to swim and has recently taken up gymnastics.
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“As soon as we entered SickKids, there was a renewed sense of safety and hope,” said Connie, Maia’s mom. “You know your child has a chance.”
Three-year-old Maia endured nine months of tests, surgeries and repeat hospitalizations before arriving at SickKids in September 2008. There, her family met with the Group for the Improvement of Intestinal Function and Treatment (GIFT), a team of medical specialists who now holds a special place in her family’s hearts.
Maia’s intestines failed to move food through her body. She became so impacted and, consequently, suffered many infections and chronic pain.
Upon her arrival at SickKids, she underwent surgery to create an ileostomy (stoma), which is a tube through her stomach that delivers waste into a medical pouch, bypassing her non-functioning intestines.
Today, Maia relies on a G-tube for feeding since she cannot get enough nutrients from what she can eat orally.
Maia continues to visit SickKids often for revisions to her stoma and has had some hospital stays. Her family is grateful to be able to take care of Maia at home when she isn’t at the hospital.
“We never thought Maia would eat, have sleepovers or run and play with friends, Connie said. “SickKids has given her a chance to live.”
Maia is one of the many patients featured in this year’s brand campaign.
“SickKids isn’t a ‘club’ you want to belong to, but because we do, everyone at the hospital tries to make it easier for us,” said Christie, mother to nine-year-old Jadyn.
Jadyn first joined the ‘SickKids club’ in November 2008. A few weeks prior, she experienced some numbness and eventually paralysis on the left side of her face. She underwent an MRI at her local hospital and doctors diagnosed her with Bell’s Palsy, a disorder of the nerves, which affects movement in the face. She was discharged and sent home shortly after.
The next day, her doctor called and told Christie to drive Jadyn straight to The Hospital for Sick Children where she would remain for three-and-a-half weeks. Jadyn didn’t have Bell’s palsy. Instead, specialists confirmed Jadyn had a rare malignant brain tumour and required emergency surgery to remove the mass.
On November 18, 2008, a surgeon removed 98 per cent of Jadyn’s tumour. Following the procedure, Jadyn underwent six weeks of chemotherapy and several rounds of radiation.
Unfortunately, Jadyn has relapsed three times since the initial diagnosis: March 2010, August 2011 and September 2012. She required surgery to remove the tumour the first two times followed by radiation to treat the aggressive cancer. Jadyn has endured 93 rounds of radiation. Today, she is closely monitored by SickKids staff.
Throughout these experiences, the staff and other SickKids oncology parents have helped Christie the most.
“Everybody is just so nice and happy to see Jadyn,” she said. “They make sure she’s enjoying herself but also take us, the parents, into consideration.”
Despite the obstacles Jadyn has overcome at a young age, she is a cheerful, feisty little girl who loves chatting with anyone and everyone. She understands the importance of giving back and has participated in a number of fundraisers for SickKids. Like other members of the ‘SickKids club,’ Jadyn and Christie are hopeful there will one day be a cure for all childhood cancer.
Jadyn is one of the many patients featured in this year’s brand campaign.