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(Posted 1:30 p.m., April 15)
Local couple comes forward to adopt dying woman's children

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Diana Bowman has one less thing to worry about after a local couple recently stepped forward to become legal guardians to her two children. Jean Levac/Ottawa Citizen Photo

Diana Bowman's dying wish has come true. The 72-year-old Orléans resident has found a local family to take care of her two adoptive children when the time comes that she is no longer able to take care of them herself.

Bowman is suffering from a variety of debilitating illnesses including skin cancer and diabetes, but it is the heart transplant she received in 2004 that is now failing her and causing the rest of her organs to slowly shutdown. While her doctors are unable to tell her exactly how much time she has left, they have confirmed that her body will give out on her sooner rather than later which made finding a family for her children Daniel, 13, and Claudia, 10, her main priority and led to her reaching out for potential candidates through the local media.

An article in the Ottawa Citizen, and subsequently on OrleansOnline.ca, resulted in a number of inquiries being made to the Children's Aid Society. Most of them would have involved the kids moving to another part of the city.

Fortunately, one of the inquiries was from a local couple who already have three children of their own. The mother is a stay-at-home mom and the father is a physician.

The kids have already met their prospective foster parents and have even spent a night at their house when Bowman was briefly hospitalized after falling and injuring her leg and foot.

According to Bowman, the have gotten along well with the family and vice versa and more visits are being planned. The couple had already been discussing possible adoption with the CAS when they found out about Bowman's situation. The organization is aware that the couple is interested in becoming legal guardians to both Daniel and Claudia.

Bowman helped deliver the two children and subsequently adopted them while she was doing missionary work in Mexico from 2000 to 2004 when she was diagnosed with a severe heart condition. The condition forced her to return to Canada. She originally came to Toronto, but moved to Ottawa where she underwent her heart transplant.

Since her operation, Bowman, who has no family or close friends in Canada, has had to place both children in foster care for short periods of time while undergoing treatment for her various illnesses.

Knowing that a local family is willing to adopt both of her kids, and that the match seems to be compatible, has taken a huge weight off her shoulders..

"I did what I set out to do," says Bowman.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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