Recent Success Stories

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Kaycee, Philippines

Kaycee, Philippines

After giving birth to three sons, Maria considered her daughter, Kaycee, a blessing when she was born on October 6, 2008 in the Philippines. Maria's world was shattered the very next day when a murmur was found in Kaycee's heart. Read more...

 
Aiswarya, Trinidad

Aiswarya, Trinidad

In 2010 Jaimattie and her husband Lakeram celebrated 17 years of marriage. One of the biggest challenges they have faced as a couple was starting a family. After trying to get pregnant for several years, Jaimattie learned that she was suffering from a hormone deficiency, which prevented her from bearing children. The news was devastating, but overtime, she accepted it. It came as a huge surprise when, at 39 years old, she unexpectedly became pregnant. She carried her "miracle baby" to full term and delivered a healthy 8lb baby girl named Aiswarya on September 1, 2010 in their home country, Guyana. Read more...

 
Terry Mahabir, Trinidad

Terry Mahabir, Trinidad

Fifteen-year-old Terry Mahabir is a shy, soft-spoken boy who has spent more time in the hospital than in school. But thanks to the Herbie Fund at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Terry can now focus on being a child, instead of a patient. Read more...

 
Nathaniel Thompson, Trinidad

Nathaniel Thompson, Trinidad

At barely one year old, Nathaniel traveled over 4000 kilometers from his home in Trinidad to Canada. Unable to receive treatment for his complex cardiac condition at home, the Herbie Fund provided Nathaniel a ticket to the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. The Herbie Fund provided Nathaniel a ticket to hope. Read more...

 
Jared Presillas, Philippines

Jared Presillas, Philippines

When 2-year-old Jared Presillas returned to the Philippines in July 2011, his family could finally begin “a new chapter in their lives,” according to his father, Gino. Only a few short months earlier, Gino and his wife, Maricel, would have to consciously stop themselves from thinking about Jared’s future since there was so much uncertainty about how much longer he would live. Read more...

 
Soyam Takele, Ethiopia

Soyam Takele, Ethiopia

Soyam Takele was born on September 27, 2005 in Addis, Ethiopia. She was born perfectly healthy and considered a gift to her family as she was the only girl among four children. Read more...

 
An Binh, Vietnam

An Binh, Vietnam

13-year-old An Binh is a hospital veteran. Before coming to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in January 2011, he already had at least 12 surgical procedures in his home country, Vietnam. Read more...

 
Mary-Joanne and Mary-Janice

Mary-Joanne and Mary-Janice, Phillipines

Rowena, mother to seven year-old twins Mary-Joanne and Mary-Janice, used to wake up several times a night to check that her daughters were healthy. At age five, both girls had been diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a rare illness that, in brief episodes, can cause the heart to beat upwards of 230 times a minute – almost four times faster than a normal heart rate! Read more...