1:30 p.m., April 15)
couple comes forward to adopt dying woman's children
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
did what I set out to do," says Bowman.
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