“We’re so thankful to have Hamilton Health Sciences looking after our kids.”
Many siblings share a special bond. For Sukhman and Jupnoor of Stoney Creek, their bond is tied to the life-altering care they both receive at Hamilton Health Sciences.
Elder brother Sukhman was born prematurely at 25 weeks via emergency C-section in Brampton before being transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at McMaster Children’s Hospital.
“We were worried whether he was going to survive,” says Sukhman’s father, Harpreet.
The next six months were challenging for the family, as Sukhman required round-the-clock care by the multidisciplinary teams at McMaster Children’s Hospital.
“Sukhman had multiple blood transfusions due to significant blood loss,” explains Harpreet. “He required the extensive use of a ventilator and feeding tube, and underwent surgery for a heart defect.”
The family received more life-changing news: Sukhman was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP), a neurological disorder characterized by impaired motor function and muscle stiffness.
“We wouldn’t know the severity of his condition until he got older,” says Harpreet, “but McMaster Children’s Hospital prepared us to care for him once he was finally discharged.”
Sukhman required physiotherapy first at Chedoke and then at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre. He visited regularly for ankle and knee braces to support his posture, as well as adjustments for his wheelchair.
“Sukhman was also a frequent visitor to the Pediatric Complex Care Unit at McMaster Children’s Hospital,” explains Harpreet.
Now an adult, Sukhman graduated from McMaster Children’s Hospital and transitioned to the Regional Rehabilitation Centre for his ongoing care.
Younger sister Jupnoor was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after her birth and visited McMaster Children’s Hospital for assessment and consultation. Similar to her brother, Jupnoor also visited Chedoke and Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre for leg braces and orthotics.
“When Jupnoor was later diagnosed with celiac disease, McMaster Children’s Hospital established a proper diet and helped regulate her gluten allergy,” says Harpreet.
The family received additional news when Jupnoor was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
“She underwent numerous examinations and we were taught how to manage her diabetes, such as learning how to test her blood sugar, read her meter and record all the information. We still visit every three months for follow-up care.”
Despite the medical challenges that both children have experienced, the family is grateful that Hamilton Health Sciences has enhanced Sukhman and Jupnoor’s quality of life.
“The care we receive is exceptional,” says Harpreet. “We’re so thankful to have Hamilton Health Sciences looking after our kids.”