Sarah Adair walked into the hospital for her first day of work this school year and saw her former student, fresh from a checkup of his new heart.
The boy stayed in the Montreal Children’s Hospital for a year as he waited for a heart transplant. Adair was with him every day: “I was his Grade 2 teacher for the whole school year,” she said. Then this summer, he got a new heart.
“Seeing this student with his mom, walking freely with no cords or machines or hospital beds, just being a regular kid with that freedom” — Adair sighed as she told the story — “it’s what any teacher wishes for their student.”
Adair is one of five teachers who go bedside-to-bedside at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, leading lessons for children who come to the hospital for cancer treatments, dialysis and other regimens that call for a longer stay.
“We represent stability and something that’s predictable in their lives,” Adair said.
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