From left: Lucas Baines, Ally Molino and Owen McNaughton clutch the teddy bears they received for helping to officially open the 2G Child and Youth Clinic on December 17.
Three mothers each held a child in their arms, and one-by-one walked up to the podium to tell their stories at the official opening of McMaster Children's Hospital's new 2G Child and Youth Clinic.
Meshel Baines explained how a complicated birth had her son Lucas with little use of his left arm. "He may never know the extent of his injury except what we tell him about it," she said, thanking the staff of McMaster Children's Hospital's Brachial Plexus clinic for changing the course of three-year-old Lucas' life through surgery and occupational therapy.
Five-year-old Ally looked out from her mother's arms as Lisa O'Donnell described a child who had had 100 or so small seizures a day at age two, but had been seizure free for nearly two years now, thanks to the work at the neurology clinic.
And Christina McNaughton drew smiles as she asked her diabetic son Owen, age 2, if he wanted to show to this crowd of about 100 hospital staff the insulin pump strapped to his belly, something that is easing the struggle for their young family.
The new 2G clinic will serve these children and over 15,000 more each year through its more than 20 pediatric ambulatory clinics. Each moved into the bright new space beside the hospital's front entrance in the two weeks following the December 17 official opening.
On hand for the opening were Hamilton Health Sciences President and CEO Murray Martin, McMaster Children's Hospital's President Peter Fitzgerald, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, local LHIN CEO Pat Mandy, Carole Beauvais of the Northern Diabetes Health Network, and Paul Miller, MPP for East Hamilton-Stoney Creek.
Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger shows Owen McNaughton how to play one of the games in the 2G waiting