The gift of family

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Written by Brenda Cullum-Shergold, Home for Dinner Volunteer and BOWEN Employee

“The best gifts around the Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” ~Burton Hills

Sadie Leona-June Peoples, my granddaughter, was born on June 24, 2013 in Barrie, Ontario. Our family was overjoyed. She happily shared her birthday with her loving grandpa Gord, and she was our very first grandchild. Our family had much to celebrate.

Then, the unimaginable happened. We learned Sadie was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a serious problem where, for unknown reasons, the left side of the heart does not develop properly while the baby is in the mother’s womb. We knew there were risks early in the pregnancy so arrangements were made to get her to Toronto’s SickKids Hospital immediately.

Within 36 hours of her arrival in this world, Sadie quickly underwent open heart surgery. The news…

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