Two years ago, Heather Irvine was pregnant with quadruplets.
Along with her husband, Kirk, Irvine was prepared for the possibility of losing one or more of the babies before the delivery, but thanks to the doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Hospital, that didn’t happen.
She spent more than half of her pregnancy at the high-risk maternity unit at the Ottawa Hospital before giving birth at 28 weeks.
Having babies in two different neonatal intensive care units was difficult, but the co-operation between the hospitals made it much easier, she said.
Yesterday, the couple and their six children attended the launch of the 2010 Ottawa Hospital and CHEO Lottery.
Once again, the $1.5-million grand prize includes a cottage by Guildcrest Homes, along with a 2010 Cadillac, a boat, and $1 million cash. Money raised by the lottery is split between the two hospitals.
“The community support allows us to provide the modern equipment and modern facilities that attract the best doctors and nurses throughout North America to both CHEO and the Ottawa Hospital,” said Dr. Jack Kitts, president and CEO of the Ottawa Hospital.