Sudbury resident Sarah Lavallee said she was nervous about meeting Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively at Health Sciences North.
Reynolds, who is married to Lively, paid a visit to Health Sciences North's pediatric unit this past weekend. Reynolds is in town filming Atom Egoyan's Queen of The Night.
"Ryan and Blake were both very kind to us. They introduced themselves right away and asked how my son was doing. He is only three months old, and wasn't really able to appreciate the visit like the older children, but it's something I can tell him about when he is older."
She said Reynolds and Lively chatted with them and asked Lavallee how she was doing being in the hospital 24 hours a day and when her little boy might be able to go home.
"Even though he had no idea who they were, my son did give them one big smile," she said. "It was nice to see since he wasn't smiling a lot at that point, and I really appreciated both Ryan and Blake giving me something to smile about at such a difficult time. It was a very unexpected visit, and I thought it was especially nice of them to take pictures of me with each of them before they left.
“I can tell you the visit was really appreciated by the kids, their parents, and the staff on the unit,” hospital spokesperson Dan Lessard said in an email.
“Mr. Reynolds and Ms. Lively were wonderful with the children.”
Lessard said Reynolds' publicity team “had requested that it be a private, low-key affair with no photos or media coverage,” so the hospital honoured their request.