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.”
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.
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CBC reports today that Waste Management is backing away from its plans to accept Quebec waste at the Carp Road landfill facility:
A proposal to allow construction waste from Quebec to be dumped at a processing facility in Carp has been trashed.
Waste Management Canada had sought and won approval from Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal on March 1 to transfer construction and demolition waste from western Quebec to the Ottawa processing and recycling facility at 2301 Carp Rd.
The city announced last week it planned to appeal the decision.
But on Monday Waste Management said after talking with city officials, the company is backing away from the plan.
“After discussing the matter with the city and the ministry, we have decided not to proceed with our proposal to include portions of Quebec within the service area for the West Carleton Environmental Centre and … we will as soon as practicable take such steps as are necessary to amend the [Environmental Compliance Approval] accordingly,” said spokesperson Wayne French in a letter to city councillors and community stakeholders.
During public consultations on the plan last year, members of the public raised concerns about increased truck traffic flowing over the bridge into Ottawa, and worried Ottawa could become a dumping ground for other regions.
(FILE PHOTO: Wild parsnip growing along the ditch on Huntley Road south of Stittsville. Photo by Barry Gray.)
From CBC Ottawa:
Organic farmers near the Ottawa community of Stittsville say they’ve had to destroy portions of their crops because the city botched its notification process for spraying herbicides to kill wild parsnip.
Wild parsnip — officially labelled a noxious weed in Ontario last year — has become a concern because the plant’s toxic sap can cause skin rashes. The weed also wipes out other species, including flowering plant species that attract bees.
The city sent certified organic farmer Dick Coote of Littledown Farms a notice in the mail saying he could opt out of herbicide spraying along his fields on Mansfield Road. The notice said the city would put up signs in advance in areas it planned to spray to give Coote time to opt out.
The father of a teenage hockey player who was injured in November during a game in Ottawa hopes that criminal charges laid against the teen who hit his son will encourage other players to think about their on-ice behaviour.
“I hope that when players see this, and when they’re about to do something that’s outside the norm of hockey, they think twice about it and they take the time to think that there’s consequences for their actions,” said Tim Sheehan.
Police charged an Ottawa teen with assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm after an incident during a Nov. 8, 2015, major midget game in the Ottawa community of Stittsville.
“The weathered beams will be re-assembled to make a 6,000-square-foot addition to the existing building. The barn wood is worth thousands of dollars, and rebuilding it in Ashton will cost thousands more — but brewery co-owner M. J. Hodgins is gambling that access to the LCBO, and, eventually, Ontario grocery store shelves will be worth the expense.”