A Patient's Perspective – Kees Vogelzang
When Kees was born, he couldn’t breathe.
Born premature, Kees’ lungs had not fully developed. His tiny body was the size of a block of butter, and he weighed only 1.35lbs. He was immediately taken into the care of the team in the neonatal intensive care unit.
After 126 long days, Holly and Thijs were finally able to take Kees home and start their life together as a family. Today, Kees is a natural athlete who excels at school, and is a healthy, happy 5 year old!
“We are so grateful to the Foothills NICU and what it did for our son. Words cannot express how proud we are of Kees and the absolute miracle he is!”-Thijs Vogelzang-
Investing in the future
The moment your newborn baby is placed in your arms for the very first time is a moment of overwhelming joy. But some babies have to spend their first moments, days, or even months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Nationally, 1 in 10 newborns require NICU care. In Southern Alberta, it is 1 in 8. Your support of the Foothills Hospital Home Lottery will help us lower that number.
Calgary Health Trust is investing in a transformative approach to newborn health, aiming to create world-class care from preconception through to prenatal and postnatal care, making a lifetime of difference.
Our goal is to ensure that each child’s vital first moments of life set them down the right path for the healthiest possible future.