Parents of sick girl enjoy Valentine’s Day meal thanks to SickKids hospital
Baby Georgia is shown in a still taken from video posted by SickKids Hospital.
Dario Balca, CTV Toronto
Published Sunday, February 14, 2016 2:05PM EST
Most couples see Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to spend a romantic evening together.
But for parents with sick children, celebrating the occasion isn’t always possible.
Vanessa Marshall and Gord Lewis' five-month old daughter Georgia was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect. She has had to spend the last four months in hospital undergoing surgeries and other treatments.
Her parents have been living at the Ronald McDonald House and haven’t been back to their Burlington home the entire time.
Needless to say, Valentine’s Day celebrations were the last thing on their minds.
Bu thanks to a heart-warming gestured by SickKids staff, the couple got to spend a special evening together. The couple got to enjoy a dinner prepared by downtown restaurant The Chase.
“Having a sick child in hospital is hard on a family. Often, mom and dad can lose touch with each other when they're worried about their child,” the hospital said in a statement.
Hospital staff set up a romantic hideaway for Vanessa and Gord to dine in. Flowers, candle and a violinist were also part of the experience.
The moment was captured on video and posted to YouTube by the hospital.
In the video, the couple is moved by the gesture and thankful for the opportunity to escape their worries, if only for a little while.