Thank you to all who joined us at the 2019 Celebration of Care Gala! What a fun night celebrating James Bond through the ages, in support of surgery at Surrey Memorial Hospital. With your help, we kicked off the surgery campaign with $5 million of our $10 million goal! See you next year, special agents.
With thanks to our donors, Surrey Hospital Foundation is able to fund specialized equipment at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Jim Pattison Outpatient Care & Surgery Centre.
One of our newest purchases will help to train doctors, nurses, paramedics and technicians how to deal with emergency situations with a child.
Pediatric HAL is the world’s most advanced pediatric patient simulator and the first capable of simulating lifelike emotions through dynamic facial expressions, movement, and speech. HAL is designed to help providers of all levels develop the specialized skills needed to effectively communicate, diagnose, and treat young patients in nearly all clinical areas. He breathes, cries, turns blue, bleeds, has a pulse, has dilating pupils and responds to all medical interventions, including surgery, intubation and more.
This revolutionary simulator supports a broad range of real patient monitors and sensors. This unique capability allows those being trained to practice setting up and operating equipment just as they would in real situations.
Every donation helps us make a tremendous difference to patient care here in Surrey. Thank you to each of our donors.
For Keith Currah, the last ten years have been difficult, with mealtimes becoming painful and embarrassing.
In his late thirties Keith began experiencing symptoms of choking every time he tried to eat or drink. He soon stopped going out to restaurants, strategically ate his lunch separate from his colleagues, and largely avoided socializing. At family get-togethers, he sat close to the washroom so he could get away quickly and hide his condition. In the last three years, he’s had to drink litres of carbonated water to keep down any food at all, and any joy he found in food completely disappeared.
The problem was achalasia. The sphincter muscle separating his esophagus and stomach had contracted shut and could no longer open. Food couldn’t pass into his stomach and the resulting choking, regurgitation, heartburn, and pain not only affected his life during the day, it also meant he had to sleep in an elevated position at night.
“It was horrible,” says Keith. “Not a condition I would wish on anyone.”
Thankfully, Dr. Wen of Surrey Memorial Hospital was able give Keith the joy of eating again after surgery using the new Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) equipment. This specific purchase was funded by Surrey Hospital Foundation donors, the Gulshan & Pyarali G. Nanji Family Foundation.
Surrey Memorial Hospital the only hospital in BC to offer this revolutionary treatment.
Keith was the fourth person to receive specialized surgery with the POEM. In just two hours, Dr. Wen was able to cut the muscles around the sphincter to keep it open. With the new equipment, the procedure is faster and less invasive than ever before.
Keith’s recovery has been swift. He was ecstatic to eat soft foods two days after surgery with no problems. His son even took him out for a strawberry milkshake on the day of his discharge, and the shake stayed down! Now, instead of feeling hungry all the time, Keith is able to eat and enjoy food again. He and his wife celebrated their wedding anniversary with filet mignon, something he couldn’t do for far too many years.
Today, Keith wants hospital supporters to know just how thankful he is. His surgery has allowed him to live the life he wants, without pain and anxiety at every meal.
POEM is already changing lives, thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
The Bath family, owners of SSR Cedar in Surrey, are enthusiastic supporters of Surrey Memorial Hospital.