In the summer of 2016, Lauren was referred to the IWK Emergency Department, where she was admitted to the Garron Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health. She was fighting a severe episode of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) which had brought absolute terror to everyday tasks.
Dorothy Grant and her husband Bill were devastated when their 11-year-old son David passed away as a result of a rare neurological disease. But today, almost 35 years later, David’s memory lives on at the IWK because of a legacy gift the Grant’s made in his honour.
The Child Life team at the IWK is made of Child Life specialists, a therapeutic clown named Buddington, and a music therapist who aim to make a patient’s experience at the IWK less stressful. Through therapeutic play and distraction techniques, the Child Life team helps prepare patients and their families for medical examinations or procedures that may be worrying them.
“I had an amazing pregnancy and a great delivery,” recalls Stephanie Bourgon, mom to two-and-a-half year old Merrick MacKay. After Merrick was born everything seemed to be going great but after Merrick turned seven months he experienced his first seizure, followed by others.
Katherine Simpson was born at 32 and a half weeks gestation via C-section at the IWK. Immediately upon birth the care team recognized several abnormalities in her – Katherine had one ear different than the other, her chin was small and she had 12 toes.
In March 2017, Jayda — an athletic and active then eleven-year-old — became ill with a fever and started vomiting. The next day when she began wheezing, Jayda’s parents, Lisa and Brent, rushed her to the IWK emergency department.