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I don’t know how to convey to you the importance Peace Arch Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has had to my health. Let it suffice to say that on September 13, 2008 I suffered a heart attack and less than eight months later, I ran the Vancouver Half Marathon. For this I owe a debt of gratitude to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and its staff.
It makes me think that if even only a few regain a good level of health and wellness as a result of their participation in the program, the benefit is significant, certainly to the individual and his or her family and also to the greater community.
Note: The Foundation raised funds to expand the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program into the Integrated Centre for Health Improvement. The initiative was project IV in the Partners in Caring Campaign.
Growing up, Peace Arch Hospital was (and still is) held in highest regard in my parents' home. My mom, Gaye Johnson, has been president of the Hospital Auxiliary, and having lived here for nearly all of my life, my family has made its fair share of trips to the Emergency Room. Thinking back, as a kid I didn't quite get it. But on July 6th, in the maternity ward at Peace Arch Hospital, little Jakob Nathanial Seller made his entry into the world. I became a mom, and now I get it. I have my own very important reason for supporting my hospital.
The Foundation raised $5.3 million to build a new maternity ward. The initiative was project III in the Partners in Caring Campaign.
On July 31st 2009, I watched images of my 17-year-old daughter’s brain on a screen of the MRI at Peace Arch Hospital. At the time, all we had were symptoms and questions. Katya had a mind-blowing headache, immobilizing neck pain, and a 40 degree Celsius fever. I was shocked when I heard it could be meningitis or another brain abnormality. It was incredibly scary, as the implications could be life altering. When her attending physician, Dr. Rudnik, said the MRI scan was clean, I cried with relief.
We had arrived at the emergency department the day before. Katya was treated with impressive speed and given a battery of tests, including a spinal tap, X-rays and an MRI scan. As it turned out, although she had displayed the symptoms of meningitis, it had been an E. coli infection in her blood. She spent four days in the Hospital and came home on August 4th. Thanks to a quick-thinking, fast-acting medical team, and access to top diagnostic tools, like the new MRI, Katya received the right treatment and is still with us. She is in good health and is ready to start her studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University this fall.
The Foundation has funded a new MRI unit at Peace Arch Hospital.
At noon on Wednesday, January 27th, Raul Lanting dialed 911. When the ambulance arrived, the pain in his wife’s left lower abdomen was so severe her vision was blurred and she could not stand up. “It was worse than my worst labour pain. I thought I would pass out,” said Raquel, the 38-year-old mother of four.
The paramedics radioed ahead, and when the ambulance arrived at the hospital, Dr. Yoshitomi and his team were ready and waiting. “Dr. Yoshitomi used a portable ultrasound unit and it took no more than three or four seconds for him to tell me that I had an ectopic pregnancy,” she said.
Raquel’s condition was serious and deteriorating fast. Within five minutes of her arrival, Raquel was moved from the emergency room to an operating room where she underwent emergency surgery. Raquel’s fallopian tube had ruptured, and she had two litres of blood in her stomach.
After a successful surgery, a blood transfusion, excellent care and the love and support of family and friends, Raquel is well and back at home with her family.
The Foundation purchased the portable ultrasound unit that helped save Raquel’s life.
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