“None of us can ever know when it’s going to be someone you know or your own family who needs the Stollery. We never thought it would be us.” — Terra, Madelyn’s mom

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Madelyn is an independent toddler who knows what she wants – which is usually Sesame Street or Paw Patrol! Thanks to the world-class cardiac care she continues to receive at the Stollery, Madelyn gets to further explore her new-found independence.

When Madelyn was born, her mom was only allowed to hold her for 30 sweet minutes. Madelyn was born with a serious heart problem and needed expert cardiac care immediately. She was transported to the people that could give her the very best chance of surviving – the Stollery’s team of doctors and nurses. At only seven days old, doctors at the Stollery performed open-heart surgery on Madelyn’s tiny heart that was just the size of a walnut. Now three years old, Madelyn has survived three open-heart surgeries. She continues to grow and hit milestone after milestone.

Madelyn will always need the Stollery, which is why her family is grateful Western Canada’s hub for children’s heart surgery is right in their backyard.

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