Danielle Leduc

Danielle Leduc with her mother Anita and son DavidDisability studies major Danielle Leduc (right) with her mother Anita and son David, in a photo commemorating her 2012 selection as “Chatham’s favourite mother.”

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Her son may suffer from multiple medical challenges, but there is nothing wrong with his heart, says disability studies major Danielle Leduc.

“David is just the most loving child a mother could ever wish for,” she says. “He is such a trouper.”

The boy has undergone dozens of surgeries to counter the complications of a disorder affecting many body systems—VACTERL Association can encompass vertebral defects, anal atresia, cardiac defects, tracheo-esophageal fistula, renal anomalies, and limb abnormalities.