July 28, 2014 - 10:49 AM
KELOWNA - New equipment at Kelowna General Hospital will allow premature and ill babies to be treated close to home.
The new Neonatal Cardiac Respiratory Monitor will be purchased with a recent $25,760 donation from the Rexall Foundation. The monitor gives doctors and medical staff a constant view of vital signs, heartbeat and breathing.
Some upgraded equipment is currently being used at KGH, but many babies are still airlifted to Vanvouver and Calgary for urgent medical care while their families must also make the trip to be close to the tiny patients. The donated money will go toward replacing old equipment and will be installed in the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre currently being built on the campus of the Kelowna General Hospital.
Audra Britton, a new mother who gave birth to her son Cole on May 2, 2014, was able to take advantage of earlier upgrades in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at KGH.
“Cole was born six weeks premature with congenital heart disease and a serious heart defect. We were so worried and frightened. We thought we’d have to be airlifted to a hospital in Vancouver. But thanks to the amazing staff and improved neonatal services at KGH, my little boy was able to receive the treatment he needed right here in Kelowna.
"Being able to stay in town was a blessing because it meant we were close to our home and my husband could continue working and come see us after his day was done. I remember hearing radio advertisements about fundraisers for the NICU at KGH, but it wasn’t until this recent experience that I realized its importance. I will be forever grateful for the support and care we received at KGH and I will always be thankful for those who make donations to keep it going,” she said.
More equipment will be purchased over time as funding continues to come in. The project is expected to be complete in 2015.
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