After living at Toronto hospital since birth, 6-month-old baby Georgia is finally home

Burlington, Ont. couple Vanessa Marshall and Gordon Lewis are celebrating that after six long months, their little baby girl is home.

Baby Georgia was born with a rare heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means the left ventricle in her heart cannot effectively pump blood through her body —; requiring the right ventricle to do all the work.

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As a result, Georgia has gone through two major surgeries and several dozen procedures at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. The defect also caused her to suffer cardiac arrests and at one point she had to be put on life support.

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But despite everything her tiny little body had to endure, Georgia championed onward and is finally home with her family.

Her parents call her use words such as “fierce” and “Wonder Woman” to describe her.  

“I couldn’t go through what she has gone through, I mean there is no way … it’s amazing,” said father Gordon Lewis.  

Gordon Lewis and Vanessa Marshall with their daughter Georgia in February 2016.

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Vanessa and Gordon said having Georgia home is a dream come true, adding that being able to hear her coos and her cries brings tears to their eyes because it speaks volumes about their little girl’s determination.  

“She has completely given us the strength … watching her go through this, how can we not be strong for her when she is fighting so hard,” Vanessa said.

“Being home, it doesn’t matter how tired you are or how fussy she is, it’s like she is here and she fought so hard to be here … she can have whatever she wants.”

Georgia currently gets food through a feeding tube, but her parents are also now able to feed her with a bottle.

She will have to undergo at least one more major surgery that will take place between the ages of two and four.

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In the meantime she will be monitored closely by doctors, a lifestyle she will have to maintain for the rest of her life.

Yet her parents say this is all normal for them now – it is who their little girl is and they plan on helping her embrace her “half-heart” as they call it, rather than see her condition as a negative.

They said seeing their daughter’s will and strength to live has brought them closer and helped them through their roughest days.

Vaness said there is a saying that hangs on her daughter’s wall that describes her perfectly: “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

Oilers’ McDavid to lead Team Canada at World Hockey Championship in Russia

CALGARY – Connor McDavid will lead a young Canadian team in its quest for a second straight world hockey championship title.

The 19-year-old Edmonton Oilers star was among the first 18 players named to the national team in a Hockey Canada release on Monday.

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    Taylor Hall, McDavid’s Edmonton teammate, is one of three returning forwards form last year’s championship team, along with Colorado’s Matt Duchene and Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly.

    Joining the attack are Arizona’s Max Domi, Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher, Columbus’s Boone Jenner, Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele, Ottawa’s Mark Stone and Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart, all 23 years old or younger.

    Boston’s Brad Marchand is the grizzled veteran of the forward lines at 27.

    Canada’s defence features Ottawa’s Cody Ceci, Vancouver’s Ben Hutton, Columbus’s Ryan Murray, Toronto’s Morgan Rielly and Vancouver’s Chris Tanev. All but Tanev are under 24.

    Edmonton’s Cam Talbot and Colorado’s Calvin Pickard were named as the team’s goaltenders.

    “The opportunity to represent your country in international competition is something that never gets old, as we’ve seen in the enthusiasm of this first group of players to join the squad, and the others we’re still in discussion with as we move through the process of building our roster,” co-general manager Brad Treliving said in a statement.

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    Canada can name up to 25 players to its roster, and will continue to make additions as players and teams progress through the 2016 NHL playoffs.

    The tournament starts in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, on May 6.

Blood Tribe Police downplay ‘Methbridge’ drug war, say they’re ‘on top of’ increase in violence

LETHBRIDGE – Police in a southern Alberta First Nation are defending the safety of their city, saying the local service is “on top of” what it’s calling a moderate increase in drug-related violence.

Blood Tribe Police Chief Lee Boyd said the violence is to be expected with the rise of fentanyl, and suggested gang activity increases when rival groups are battling for the new business.

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    “Although we’ve had a moderate increase in the violence, we are confident that we’re on top of it and that we are able to deal with it in a reasonable fashion,” Boyd said.

    He added that BTPS is working to rid the tribe of gang activity, and that could result in them relocating elsewhere.

    “It’s usual that if you have a strong enforcement presence in one particular area that you might displace the activity to another area,” Boyd said. “I think that’s part of what is contributing to the activity that’s started to be noticed in Lethbridge.

    Boyd spoke out after a Calgary media report suggesting violence on the Blood Tribe is on the rise. A Blood Tribe Police constable is quoted as saying rival gangs, the Bloods and the Crips, are attacking each other over control of the drug trade and the violence could be spreading to Lethbridge.

    The Lethbridge Police Service told Global News that while there has been a slight increase in gang activity, it’s nothing out of the ordinary for them, either.

    “What we’ve experienced is not really different from what we’ve seen in the past,” Deputy Chief Colin Catonio said.

    “There’s a current minor spike but I wouldn’t say this is a long-term trend. I think we have got to wait and see how some stuff plays out.”

    The report suggested the term “Methbridge” is being used by local drug dealers, referring to the rise of methamphetamine in Lethbridge. But according to police, while the use of the drug is on the rise, drugs like fentanyl and cocaine remain a bigger problem.

    Both police forces say they will continue working together to combat the issue head on.

    “We’re very hopeful that we’ll be able to work even closer over the next year to be able to provide some strategic enforcement actions,” Boyd added.

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