In memory of

Abigail Marie Vardzel Bisaillon

July 28, 2018 -  October 2, 2018

Abigail Marie Vardzel Bisaillon passed peacefully in the arms of her loving parents, Stephanie and Justin, on October 2nd, 2018 at SickKids Hospital. Our beloved "Abbey" was born on July 28th, 2018 weighing 6 lbs, 1 oz. During her two short months here on Earth she touched many lives and was loved dearly by family and friends, while being cared for by her compassionate medical team.

In lieu of flowers we would be honoured to have you support The SickKids Hospital or PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation of Canada. A Memorial Service will be held at Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre on October 13th, 2018. Visitation begins at 1:00 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a Service & Reception at 2:00 p.m.


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Salty and Sue (Neighbour/Friends)

Entered October 6, 2018 from Toronto

Words can not express our emotions at this time. Please know you are not alone and we want to support you in any way possible. Hug you soon.

Serville Family (Close Family Friends)

Entered October 6, 2018 from Pickering, Ontario

Dear Stephanie, Justin, Ann and Rick,

We can't even imagine the pain your are feeling. We fell in love with Abbey. Even in the short time she was on Earth, she touched and captured all of our hearts. She could not have had more loving and more caring parents and grandparents who were always by her side. She would have felt all of your love every minute she was on Earth. All of us will always remember the strong and beautiful baby who we were so fortunate to see.

With all of our love,
the Servilles

Cindy and Sean (Friend)

Entered October 6, 2018 from King

Stephanie and Justin, the right words can be so hard to find. Simply know that we are thinking of you every moment. We know that we never lose the people we love. They live the rest of our lives with us in our heart. Cindy and Sean. XO XO

Charlene Aldous (Friends)

Entered October 6, 2018 from LaSalle Ontario

Our thoughts and prayers are sent during this difficult time. May you all find comfort as you share in the memories of the valiant fight Angel Abbey gave each and everyday. Cherish all of her precious accomplishments and sweet love that she provided even before her her arrival. She is looking down upon you now free from daily procedures and tests smiling as she remembers how much she is loved! She flies high above you forever and always your beautiful Angel Abbey forever always in your hearts ! xoxo

Susan Doerntlein (Friend)

Entered October 6, 2018 from Scarborough, Ontario

Sending my Love to the family's at this most difficult time....♥️ HUGS ♥️

Life Stories 

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Abbey Update #1 (shared July 31st) 

Entered October 15, 2018


Stephanie and Justin want to let you know that Abigail Marie Bisaillon (affectionately known as "Abbey"), was born on Saturday July 28th at 2:44 AM. She has been moved to Sick Kids Hospital for specialized care and the length of her stay is unknown.

Stephanie and Justin will send updates when they are ready to, but know that you are all thinking of them.

They appreciate your support.

Thank you,

Grandma Ann

Abbey Update #2 (shared August 9th) 

Entered November 14, 2018


Stephanie and Justin wanted to provide an update on Baby Abbey. At 12 days old, Abigail is currently stable in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and the new parents are enjoying every moment they can with her.

After birth, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic kidney disease (Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease or "ARPKD"). This also caused her to have underdeveloped lungs (Pulmonary Hypoplasia). As a result, she is receiving dialysis and is on a ventilator. She will be in expert care at Sick Kids for the foreseeable future.

Again, Stephanie and Justin appreciate all of your prayers, well wishes and support.

Thank you for respecting their need for private time.

Kind regards

Grandma Ann

Abbey Update #3 (shared August 25th) 

Entered November 14, 2018

Hello Everyone,

Stephanie and Justin are thrilled to celebrate this special day, with Abigail turning 1 month old - a big milestone in the NICU at SickKids.

Medically, Abbey's lungs have continued to improve over the past few weeks, allowing her to be extubated last Tuesday. She now has a CPAP mask to assist with her breathing. Dialysis continues to be successful, with her fluid intake and outtake monitored very carefully. Our focus now is for Abbey to get bigger and stronger and to grow as she will eventually require a kidney transplant.

Stephanie and Justin are beyond grateful for all the thoughts, prayers and support that they have been receiving. They are welcoming visitors at this time, so please feel free to reach out to them or myself to arrange a time to visit as there are some restrictions.

Thank you and warmest regards

Grandma Ann

Abbey Update #4 (shared September 3, 2018) 

Entered November 14, 2018

Hello Everyone,

Abbey has had a busy week! After having the CPAP mask on for 6 days, she was moved to high-flow Oxygen. However as she kept removing her nasal prongs, they took her off all ventilation support last Tuesday. Now she just needs a smidgen of oxygen every now and then!!

With the improvement in her lung development, she "graduated" out of the NICU to the nephrology wing of the hospital!! Such a bittersweet transition for us as we loved all the nurses in the NICU. But we are in great hands on the 6th floor now, with the dialysis experts.

Abbey has loved having visitors and is interacting with us more and more every day. Today was another big day for us as we moved her into a crib for the first time! Our little Abbey is growing up!!

Best regards,

Grandma Ann

Abbey Update #5 (shared September 19th) 

Entered November 14, 2018

Hello Everyone,

Stephanie and Justin want to apologize for the delay with this update. Since we last communicated with you on September 3rd, we have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride.

After being off all ventilation support for 5 days, Abbey began to require more assistance with breathing and her Peritoneal Dialysis became less effective due to her kidneys taking up too much space in her abdomen. In addition, she had contracted an infection from one of her lines. In order to better assist Abbey, she was moved to the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), had a Hemodialysis line added and was re-intubated. After hitting a plateau last Friday, Abbey was taken to the OR and had a left Nephrectomy (kidney removal) in order to give her more room to breathe.

The surgery went better then anticipated; however the following days were a challenging time for us as Abbey continued to decline post-op. Fortunately, we have a serious fighter on our hands and against the odds, Abbey has been showing promising improvements over the last three days. We have been able to successfully restart Peritoneal Dialysis and began weaning her off some of her ventilation settings.

We appreciate all of your prayers and support as we continue on our journey at SickKids.

Best regards,

Grandma Ann


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