A heartfelt thank you goes to our donors, Michelle and Liz, who connected through Facebook and both share the experience of having their newborns transferred by the Infant Transport Team. Together, Michelle and Liz spent five months organizing the fun-filled night held on June 8, 2018 in Coquitlam. The event raised money through the sale of raffle tickets, a 50/50 draw, a squares board, and a 53-item silent auction with an amazing array of prizes:
- One night stay at Crystal Lodge in Whistler
- Samsung Galaxy tablet donated by Paramount Paediatrics
- Scooters and other games/toys donated by Mastermind Toys
- Vancouver Canadians Tickets
- Whitecaps tickets donated by Vancouver Tickets
- BC Lions Tickets
- Nintendo game system, and more!
At the end of the evening, an unbelievable $10,000 dollars was raised!
Read Michelle and Liz’s moving stories below:
Savanna was born full term and had suffered many birth complications. After delivery, she was immediately intubated, transferred by the Infant Transport Team, and placed into an induced coma. After six weeks of care in the NICU, and recovery from multiple complications including organ failure and a bleed in her brain, Savanna was released from the hospital. Fast forward to five years later – Savanna turns five and is experiencing no complications other than weak muscle tone and minor fine motor delays. I wanted to mark the occasion by giving back to BC Women’s on Savanna’s fifth birthday."
Michelle, on her daughter, Savanna’s stay at the NICU
On December 22, 2016 my water broke at 23 weeks and 6 days. I was on bedrest at RCH for 7 days before they transferred me to BC Women’s Hospital on December 30th 2016. I stayed on bedrest for another 7 days before our beautiful little girl, Karina, was born via emergency C-section on Jan 5th 2017 at 761 grams (1lb 7oz).
Karina was whisked away to the BC Women’s NICU where she was in such good hands. Her lungs were the biggest concern as my water had been broken for 2 weeks already. She was intubated for 5.5 weeks and it was so terrifying, but I knew we had the best care around. We cannot say thank you enough for the care we received at BC Women’s NICU. My motto is that there is not enough coffee and donuts in the world to say thank you for saving our little girl’s life."
Liz's recall of her daughter, Karina’s, stay in the NICU
We are forever grateful to Liz and Michelle for their kind efforts towards improving the health and well-being of women and newborns!
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