Opération Enfant Soleil distributes more than $5M to Montreal’s two university hospitals for sick children
Opération Enfant Soleil – As part of its provincial grants tour, the Opération Enfant Soleil team visited Montreal to give $5,131,424 to two large university pediatric centres.
The Opération Enfant Soleil conference, held at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, was attended by several hosts of the 2018 Telethon, including Annie Brocoli, Maxime Landry, Étienne Boulay, Alain Dumas, Louis-Georges Girard, Josée Lavigueur, Mélanie Gagné, Félix-Antoine Tremblay, Roseline Fillion, Camille Dg and several Enfant Soleil ambassadors and partners who are involved in the cause every year.
Thanks to all of these committed people, Opération Enfant Soleil has distributed more than 100 million dollars to date to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, CHU Sainte-Justine, and local Montreal organizations in order to offer the best care and an optimal quality of life to children while they are hospitalized.
The best technology for young patients at the Montreal Children’s Hospital
The equipment funded by the $2,565,712 grant will contribute to completing the construction of different care units. In addition, the Medical Imaging department will be equipped with ultrasound diagnostic systems that make it possible to obtain real-time images of children’s internal organs, like the heart, liver, and gallbladder, as well as veins and main arteries.
Opération Enfant Soleil has also made the acquisition of a heart-lung machine possible. This machine plays a key role during heart surgery by temporarily stopping the patient’s heart and lungs while ensuring oxygenation and blood circulation. ‘What really makes a difference in the lives of sick children is the combination of these highly specialized machines funded by OES, operated by expertly trained staff.’ explains Dr. Barnes, Associate Director of Professional Services.
IMRIS at CHU Sainte-Justine: A groundbreaking advance
The new specialized units building at CHU Sainte-Justine houses a dedicated space for the state-of-the-art equipment necessary for the continued advancement of discoveries and improvements in the care provided to children. In particular, the $2,565,712 grant is going toward IMRIS, which makes it possible to increase the precision of surgical interventions.
“Thanks to the continued support of Opération Enfant Soleil, we now have access, in the operating room, to a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus that is positioned around the child without needing to move them,” explained Dr. Alexander Weil, a pediatric neurosurgeon. “This MRI is revolutionizing how we do things. It makes it possible to get images of the patient’s brain during the operation, which allows us to assess the resection of the illness — whether it’s a tumour, epilepsy, or a vascular malformation — as well as to preserve critical regions of the brain in real time during the operation. This groundbreaking technology gives us the chance to offer our patients a more effective and safer solution.”
Opération Enfant Soleil’s Fonds Josée Lavigueur aims to promote physical and mental health in children through physical activity. The Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre at CHU Sainte-Justine received $14,630 from the Fonds Josée Lavigueur toward the purchase of multi-sensory equipment to help children reach their rehabilitation goals.
The stories of 18 Enfant Soleil ambassadors from each region of Quebec will be presented on June 17 during the Opération Enfant Soleil Telethon. Broadcast live on the TVA network from the Centre des Foires ExpoCité in Quebec City, the Telethon will present the projects that have been carried out throughout the province.