Patient Stories

The Gift of Time, Inspiring Stories from Patients and their Families

The “gift of time” means something different to each of us.

Every day, we are privileged to hear extraordinary stories from patients, and their families. It takes courage and grace to share personal health struggles and it is with appreciation that we thank everyone who has brought you into their world, if only briefly. We wanted to share these stories because we know you will be inspired too.

CTV Your Health Segments

You can also watch CTV Ottawa’s “Your Health”  segment featuring the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and patient stories right here.

Tell Us Your Story

Share how you keep your heart healthy, or how the Heart Institute has helped you or your loved ones. Your stories may be featured on our website or in Foundation Connection.


Cynthia Stewart’s Story

When your heart misbehaves.

Cynthia Stewart and her Wonder Woman Power Pack…

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Mary Armour, Lianne and Lyann
Mary Armour’s story

Defibrillator Warrior

A project manager at the MacDonald-Cartier…

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John Herzog
John Herzog’s Story

From a heart too big to a great big heart 

John Herzog’s happy and successful…

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Donna and Greg Connolly’s Story

Newfoundland couple’s story of strength, compassion, and a new heart.

On a typical Saturday night, Greg and Donna…

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