Tallinn Children's Hospital has inherited close to 600,000 euros from a Canadian-Estonian couple, Inna and Aadu Randpalu, who passed away some years ago.
That makes the couple the hospital's biggest private donors, with the sum more than double that of all donations collected by the hospital last year, reported Eesti Päevaleht.
Inna died in 2009 and Aadu in 2010, but the inheritance only recently came through. The two had departed from Estonia during WWII. Inna was a homemaker and Aadu an engineer who had come up with four inventions and one patent in paper machining.
The manager of the hospital's support fund, Inna Kramer, said the institution had known an inheritance was due from the Randpalus, who first supported the hospital in 1999, but the size of the donation came as a pleasant surprise. The previous record donation to the hospital also came from Canada, but was anonymous.
The hospital has not yet decided how to put the money to use but says it has been short of funds for ambulance equipment, a mental health center to be opened in 2016 and an intensive care unit that was last updated 15 years ago.