A new patient monitor for sick and premature babies is coming to Victoria General Hospital thanks to a $25,000 donation from a group of Greater Victoria firefighters on Thursday.
“For us, our contribution is a way to give back to the Island we love so much, to help our peers who provide critical care in our local hospital and to let children know that we are behind them – even in the most difficult of times,” said firefighter Brian Swanson of the Saanich Fire Department.
On site to present a large cheque for the cause, members of the Professional Firefighters of Greater Victoria Community Foundation met some of the children currently in the pediatric unit at VGH.
Lily Lecinana, 10, who’s been fighting stage-four Burkitt lymphoma, gave them thank you drawings. She’ll be back at VGH soon for her six month check-up, after fighting the rare form of leukemia.
Lily, from #Sooke, has finally been able to return to school after nearly a year. She’s returning to things she loves, such as skating. @ourvichospitals pic.twitter.com/yBVywrOIVD
— Aaron Guillen (@iaaronguillen) March 6, 2020
“I’ve gone back to school for the first time in a long time, almost a year,” said the Sooke girl. “These days I have more energy and I’m happy. I’m stronger and better … I’m back to skating, my favourite thing to do.”
The $25,000 will support funding a new monitor for life-saving care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at VGH. More than 3,000 babies are born every year at the hospital.
“We simply could not do our best work without putting this crucial equipment in the hands of our excellent care teams,” said Emma Carrick, NICU manager, Island Health. “We are so thankful to donors and community members like our firefighters for helping us provide the very best care to children that need it the most.”
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