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Couple’s adoption of boy with Down syndrome ‘a gift and a blessing’

CBC News | September 10, 2014 – Written by Donna Carreiro

Alex Dudley and Holly Graham chronicle their special adoption story online

Alex Dudley posted this photograph of her with Jaxson, her infant son, during a CBC Radio interview this week.

Former Winnipegger Alex Dudley and her wife, Holly Graham, adopted a baby boy this past June then spent a summer filled with medical emergencies, long hospital visits and surprise setbacks.

That’s because their son, Jaxson, has Down syndrome. And they wouldn’t have it any other way.

« He’s a happy little guy and we’re just happy to be out of the hospital with him, » Dudley said from the CBC’s studios in Calgary. « We’re finally getting into a routine. »

It’s an extraordinary adoption story, they admit, in light of recent concerns that adoptive families don’t often get the support they need in order for the adoptions to succeed.

[Read the full story here]

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Alberta teen with muscular dystrophy who successfully battled governments to pursue his dream dies in hospital

Sun News Network | September 2, 2014, Written by Damien Wood

Thomas Sorensen – a young man who refused to let his dreams be eclipsed by his disability – died in a Calgary hospital early Monday morning.

Thomas and his family battled governments and won his right for funding to attend Carleton University in Ottawa and go after his dreams in the field of biology.

[Read the full story here]

Alberta teen with muscular dystrophy who successfully battled governments to pursue his dream dies in hospital

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Alberta opposition wants probe into reports of deaths of care-home patients

Medicine Hat News (August 21, 2014) – Written by The Canadian Press

Alberta’s opposition parties want an investigation into reports that five people have died after being transferred from a care home for the severely disabled in Red Deer.

Residents of the Michener Centre are being moved to community group homes as part of a government plan to close much of the facility to save money.

New Democrat David Eggen says the reports suggest that five of 41 people who have been transferred in recent months have died. [Read the full story here]

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Alberta backtracks on nursing cuts at care home for developmentally disabled

The Kelowna Daily Courier (June 4, 2014)

The provincial government has reversed a decision to reduce nursing support for residents at a central Alberta care home for the developmentally disabled.

Alberta Health Services said last week that about 90 residents of Michener Centre in Red Deer would no longer have access to a nurse on Sundays and holidays.

Families were told the residents would have to use walk-in clinics, go to a hospital or call the telephone HealthLink service if they required medical care. Critics of the move suggested it put severely disabled residents at the care home in danger. [Read the full story]

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