Children have been shown smiling in the face of loved ones for the first time in Manitoba’s history.
The children are being cared for at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital and are receiving treatment for seizures and developmental disabilities.
The hospital’s executive director of children and family services, Dr. Jennifer Regan, said the smiles were part of a treatment process to help them recover from a rare genetic disorder.
“They have been trained to be smiling, and I think it helps them recover, so I think that they can smile more and feel more comfortable,” she said.
Regan said the smile was a small part of the treatment plan for the children, but the smiles will be there forever.
“I think they are just really happy to be there,” she explained.
“If you look at them, they look like they’re looking at the world through a mirror and that’s what we’re looking for.”
Regan and the other parents in the facility say the smiles are important for bonding with their children, who are usually separated.
“The smiles are a great reminder that we’re all here for one another, and we are loved by all of our family members,” Regan said.
“It’s really hard to talk about this when we’re doing so well.”