When Sandra’s water broke at just 17 weeks, she and her husband, Michael, were told there was less than a 1% chance that their baby would survive. At 27 weeks, Benjamin made a speedy entrance into the world. He wasn’t breathing and was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Doctors were very concerned about Benjamin’s lung development, having been without amniotic fluid in utero for almost 10 weeks. Born at just 2 lbs. 8 oz., Benjamin was hooked up to machines to help him breathe and grow, spending more than 83 days closely monitored under the most critical level of care by the team at Foothills NICU.
“He stayed in an incubator for a while and we could only very gently touch him. His skin was so fragile,” explained Michael. When the day finally came for Michael and Sandra to hold their baby boy they were overwhelmed. “You can’t put into words the feeling of what it is like to hold your son after that long, especially when you didn’t know if he would survive.”
Today, four-year-old Benjamin is the happiest and most empathetic boy who always has a comforting hug and kind words for a friend.
“We are forever grateful for all the care provided by the doctors, nurses, technicians and staff.”
- Michael & Sandra -
At 6:30am, 26-year-old Aaron was on his way to work when he was hit head-on by a large pick-up truck. When he arrived at Foothills, his blood pressure and heart rate were very high, indicating to the trauma team that he had ongoing bleeding somewhere in his body. He could not breathe on his own, had fractured ribs and a broken back and femur. A split in his liver and crack in his pelvis were the source of the bleeding.
Less than two months later, Aaron was home hosting his 6-year-old daughter’s birthday party.
A few years earlier, Rick was on his way to a Flames game when he was in a head-on collision, resulting in many of the same conditions as Aaron. Unfortunately, Rick didn’t make it. The difference was simply that his collision happened before the Interventional Trauma Operating Room (iTOR) was built.
Your past support has helped to equip the Foothills Hospital with the iTOR, only the second of its kind in the world. It has allowed the trauma team to host four critical areas — trauma, OR, intensive care and interventional radiology — within a single space, allowing them to stop massive blood loss and organ failure sooner.
“The difference between Aaron and Rick’s stories is time, and the time-critical nature of our ability to stop bleeding. The iTOR allows us to do many things, including giving more opportunities to people who otherwise would not have made it.”
- Dr. Chad Ball, Trauma & Cancer Surgeon -
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