Brittney’s delicate heart prevented her from doing the simplest things like playing with other children, attending school or even walking her dog. At two weeks old, Brittney’s mother, Kris, noticed her daughter’s breathing looked abnormal. Doctors in Trinidad diagnosed Brittney with allergies. She progressively got worse and at 16 months a private doctor diagnosed Brittney with a congenital heart condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia.
Marris and Clinton moved from Nigeria to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to begin a new life for themselves. They were thrilled to discover Marris was pregnant. But their excitement quickly turned to fear when their daughter Christal was born. Malaysian doctors explained something was wrong. Christal was born with some of her bladder on the outside of her body.
Little Grace was born in Botswana. Moments after her birth, while doctors performed a routine check-up they noticed an abnormality. Grace’s stomach was extremely distended and it appeared that she had an imperforate anus.
Born in Trinidad with Biliary Atresia, a rare liver disease, Hannah Bhagwandeen has been through more than most two and a half year olds. By the time Hannah was 18 months old she had received two liver transplants, one from her father and a second from an anonymous donor, and had been diagnosed with profound hearing loss in both ears due to the effects of her treatment drugs.
Karine Ng Wai, a young girl from the island of Mauritius, was diagnosed with severe ASD Arterial Septal Defect or "hole in the heart".
Pariksit Daby, a 13-year-old from Mauritius, was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease, a degenerative condition that caused Pariksit to experience shortness of breath and chronic fatigue.
Baby Shamar was born in the Barbados just a few days shy of Christmas, on December 23, 2007. His parents Virginia and Michael were thrilled with their new bundle of joy and thought he was just the most precious and perfect little gift of their holiday season.
Shanna Baccus, a four-year old girl from Jamaica, was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, one of the most common congenital heart diseases in children.
Several hours after her birth, Shatho was diagnosed with multiple developmental intestinal problems that would give her a lifetime of complications. Local physicians knew that treatment would involve very complicated surgery, but no local specialists were available.
Stephano Jackson was born in Tanzania, East Africa. A few days after birth, his mother noticed a small swelling on his tongue. The swelling became progressively worse and she and her husband grew concerned.
Eight months after arriving at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) for life-saving separation surgery, SickKids staff and friends who made the separation possible will say goodbye to twins Tinashe and Tinotenda Mufuka on July 19.
Born in July of 1999, in Cambodia, Veasna had visible malformations of both his left hand and his feet. He only had a few toes, which grew in the wrong places. He was missing all the fingers on his left hand.
Yasmin lives in the Commonwealth of Dominica, located in the West Indies. When she was 11 years old, she began to experience pelvic pain. For two years doctors were unable to pinpoint the source. When Yasmin turned 13 the pain worsened. After a series of tests it was discovered she had a congenital uterine abnormality – a uterine didelphys.