Category Archives: Health

CBC: Anonymous donor gives family $60K for Ottawa girl’s U.S. surgery

From CBC Ottawa:

Lamitta El-Roz’s parents went to sleep last Friday night with a huge worry — how to pay for the $140,000 surgery that could help their six-year-old daughter take her first steps.

When Canadian doctors didn’t consider Lamitta a good candidate for surgery, the family turned to the United States.

The Stittsville girl was born with spastic cerebral palsy, a condition that prevents her from walking, crawling or rolling over on her own due to damaged nerves in her lower spine. She is travelling to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri at the end of this month for selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery.

Now, that worry that kept them up at night is gone. A donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, gave the family $60,000 to help pay the bills.

Lamitta’s mother, Maya Taleb, won’t reveal any details about the donor but said she’s overwhelmed.

“We went crazy and we said there are angels on earth and we are so grateful to them forever. It’s amazing news,” she said.

“The good news is now her surgery is covered and the five or six months of physiotherapy after the surgery.”

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CBC: Family upset government won’t cover out-of-country surgery

CBC Ottawa did a story about a Stittsville family raising money to pay for surgery in the United States. Lamitta El-Roz is six years old and has been denied funding for dorsal rhizotomy surgery that’s only available in the United States.

The family has launched a fundraising campaign called Lamitta’s Wish to Walk to cover the surgery and follow-up treatment.

Lamitta El-Roz, 6, and her family hope surgery in the U.S. will allow her to walk and help ease her chronic pain. (Laurie Fagan/CBC)
Lamitta El-Roz, 6, and her family hope surgery in the U.S. will allow her to walk and help ease her chronic pain. (Laurie Fagan/CBC)

Lamitta El-Roz loves comic book super heroes — especially Spiderman.

When asked what super powers she’d like to possess, she doesn’t hesitate. Continue reading


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First human case of West Nile virus reported in Ottawa

(via City of Ottawa)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has received lab confirmation of the first human case of the West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ottawa for the 2017 WNV season. OPH reminds all Ottawa residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to remove standing water where WNV-carrying mosquitoes can breed. Continue reading


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First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

(press release)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reminding residents to continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites when going outdoors. Mosquito trapping and testing—components of OPH’s West Nile virus (WNV) program—have confirmed the presence of WNV in Ottawa mosquitoes again this year. These first positive test results for WNV in mosquitoes in Ottawa for 2017 have come relatively early in the WNV season and indicate that 2017 may have higher than usual WNV activity. In addition to protecting themselves against mosquito bites, all Ottawa residents need to help reduce mosquito populations around their homes by getting rid of all outdoor objects that can hold water in which mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Continue reading


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JUNE 27: Public consultation on Extendicare long-term care facility

(Notice of Public Consultation)

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is reviewing the issuance of a licence undertaking to Extendicare (Canada) Inc. (the “Licensee”) for the development of a replacement home for Extendicare West End Villa (the “Home”), currently a 240-bed long-term care (LTC) home located at 2179 Elmira Drive in Ottawa, Ontario. This transaction includes the: Continue reading


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Blair Dunbar joins Syner-G Massage and Wellness Centre on Stittsville Main

Blair Dunbar, Osteopathy (thesis writer) & Registered Massage Therapist has moved his practice to join Holly Milliner at Syner-G Massage Therapy and Wellness Centre at 1535 Stittsville Main Street.

Blair Dunbar
Blair Dunbar

Blair brings along an impressive background and a focus on the human body. He has completed the five years of osteopathic study at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto, with the Certificate in Osteopathy (theory, practical, clinical and methodology), and is currently working on his thesis to complete his osteopathic training (Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practitioner). Continue reading


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LETTER: Support my video entry for Heart to Hands dental hygienist award

I live in Stittsville and am currently a dental hygiene student at Algonquin College, graduating in June. I recently helped organized a campaign called Heart of the Matter provided a day of free dental hygiene care for 23 members of the community that cannot afford preventative oral health care. This campaign was an amazing and rewarding experience that shaped the type of dental hygienist I want to be in the future.

I submitted a video describing this event in hope to win an award aimed at other dental hygienists in North America and need votes in order to win.  You can watch the video here… Continue reading


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LINKED: How a would-be Ottawa pot ’empire’ failed to launch

The Ottawa Citizen has a report about Franco Vigile and his plans for a chain of Magna Terra marijuana dispensaries, including one on Iber Road in Stittsville.

Franco Vigile wanted the world and then some. But just as proposed legislation might open up the promised land of a recreational marijuana market, a legal spat, drug and gun charges against his family, and a connection to the Hells Angels all threaten to send Vigile’s dispensary dreams up in smoke.

Vigile, 29, once operated two pot dispensaries in the city, with a third location “coming soon.” But those two locations are now closed. A sign on the door Sunday at the Stittsville store reads: “To our valued customers. We are closed indefinitely. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

At the beginning of 2016, however, with one dispensary open, Vigile was looking to expand.

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LINKED: Iber Road marijuana dispensary raided by police

Jacquie Miller reports in the Ottawa Citizen:

Ottawa police raided two more marijuana dispensaries Tuesday, this time targeting a locally owned chain that was the first to open shop in town.

Police executed search warrants at the Magna Terra Health Services shops on Carling Avenue and on Iber Road in Stittsville.

They carted away bags of dried weed, edible cannabis products and oils. No information had been released on arrests by late afternoon.

It was the 13th raid on a dispensary in Ottawa since last November.

Police have warned that the shops are operating illegally and drug laws against trafficking are still on the books. Dispensaries have been opening across the country in advance of the federal government’s promise to legalize recreational pot this spring.

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Magna Terra opened on Iber Road last summer.


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How to talk to your kids about drug abuse, from a Kanata mom and pharmacist

The following was written by Kanata mom Shelita Dattani (above), who is the associate director of professional development at the Canadian Pharmacists’ Association. She also works part time as a pharmacist at the West Carleton Pharmasave in Carp and at Northwest Telepharmacy Solutions.

It was originally shared on our sister site, OttawaStart.com.

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I’ve been troubled by the events in Kanata this past week and we’ve been talking as a family about the opioid crisis in this country and how it is right in our backyards, affecting our community, our kids. Continue reading


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EVENT: March 4th into a Healthy 2017

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

In my capacity as both City Councillor for Stittsville Ward 6 and Chair of the Ottawa Board of Health I am holding an event, in conjunction with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) , that celebrates the many partners in our community who support and work with our residents. Together we share a common mandate in the roles we hold working with communities – improving and supporting the lives of others. Continue reading


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LINKED: A Kanata dad’s brutally honest letter about his daughter and drug abuse

(PHOTO: Sean O’Leary with his son, Ronan, inside the family store MYHome Furniture in Kanata. O’Leary says he is trying to give his children as normal a life as possible as his daughter struggles with drug addiction. Photo by Devyn Barrie/OttawaStart.com.)

UPDATE: O’Leary has launched a web site to connect parents of teens with drug addictions: www.wetheparents.ca

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From our sister site, OttawaStart.com:

“My first thought every morning is to check that Paige is alive,” writes Kanata dad Sean O’Leary in a letter that’s been circulating in recent days on Facebook and through e-mail.

“I want people to start talking,” he said. “We’re just the tip of the iceberg.”O’Leary, whose daughter Paige is addicted to drugs, told OttawaStart.com he sent the letter to a group of parents in similar situations after Kanata teen Chloe Kotval, 14, died of a drug overdose on Valentine’s Day. Continue reading


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LINKED: Man paralyzed after slipping on ice, determined to walk again

From CTV Ottawa:

We all know life can change in the blink of an eye. Troy Kraus is living that reality. The 46-year-old Ottawa resident was the healthiest and strongest he had ever been until a simple fall on the ice. Troy Kraus made a huge change in his life a couple of years ago; he lost more than 200 pounds and got into better shape than he had been in his life. Then, sadly, life changed for him. That fall broke his neck, paralyzed him, but he’s determined to move forward. Continue reading


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Blood donation drive at NEXT on February 13

(via Canadian Blood Services)

Canadian Blood Services is encouraging residents of Stittsville to give life by donating blood in 2017. More than 72 blood donors are needed at the upcoming clinic at NEXT (6400 Hazeldean Rd) on February 13 from 5pm to 8pm.

Collecting blood during the colder winter months can be challenging because the weather can increasingly keep people indoors and many donors are away for the season.

Additionally, some donors won’t be able to donate as frequently because of new iron eligibility guidelines introduced recently to promote the health and wellness of blood donors.

In December 2016, the donation interval for women increased to twelve weeks, and beginning in March, men will need a higher hemoglobin level to be eligible to donate.

About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.


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LINKED: Stittsville girl’s parents hope to crowd-fund spinal-cord surgery

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Lamitta El-Roz loves sports, particularly basketball, but says there are two reasons she can’t play right now: First, there’s snow on the ground outside; and, second, she’s not allowed to play basketball indoors.

A six-year-old with a smile that could almost melt the snow around her Stittsville home, Lamitta neglects to mention that she was born with cerebral palsy after a pregnancy that lasted just 28 weeks. She weighed just over two pounds then, and spent the first 54 days of her life in an incubator. She can’t walk. In fact, she has almost no gross motor skills control, the thing that would let her crawl or throw a ball. Continue reading


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Can a video game engage youth in community planning?

(ABOVE: Screenshot from one of the worlds created during the pilot project.)

Ottawa Public Health is hoping that Minecraft will lay the building blocks to getting kids engaged in their community and its health.

A pilot project recently wrapped up at the Stittsville and Centrepointe libraries, where youth aged nine to 17 attempted to re-imagine and build a part of their local community in the popular building game Minecraft. Continue reading


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LINKED: Heartsick couple in their 90s separated by province’s rules

From Bruce Deachman in the Ottawa Citizen:

When Nancy Burgoin spoke to a nurse this week following her father’s first full day at Granite Ridge Care Community, a long-term healthcare facility in Stittsville, she was surprised to hear he’d spent much of his time in his walker, navigating the hallways.

After all, she says, at 94 and legally blind in one eye, Norman Davis typically leans to a more sedentary lifestyle.

But then she discovered exactly why her dad was out on the prowl: he was searching for his 91-year-old wife, Mae. “He couldn’t find her,” the nurse reported.

Norman and Mae Davis married on June 9, 1945, just a month after VE-Day, vowing then that only unto death would they part. He was 22, she was 19, and that end part probably seemed a lifetime away. Yet now, more than 70 years later and for the first time in their married lives, they live apart.

Sadly, the situation will likely worsen before it improves: because of provincial regulations regarding long-term healthcare facilities, Norman and Mae will remain separated for at least three more months, an absence Burgoin fears her heartsick father may not survive.

The reality of the couple’s possible separation came a week before Christmas, when they were living at a seniors’ residence in Stittsville. A room had freed up at Granite Ridge at the same time Mae’s name — but not Norman’s — reached the top of the waiting list.

Upon hearing the news, Norman, sitting at the kitchen table, said only, “Huh. So this is what society has come to. They’re going to separate us.”

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