Delta Hospital: Where the heart is
The following are community letters on their love for Delta Hospital. Between now and Feb. 28 the Delta Hospital Foundation is collecting stories and images about why people in the community love their hospital. For every piece submitted, MK Delta Lands Group will donate $100 to the Foundation. Your stories and images have raised over $2500 to date in 2013.
A couple years ago, my mom somehow got necrotising fasciitis – more commonly known as flesh-eating disease.
She came home from work feeling ill one day, and went to have a nap. My dad brought her to the hospital later that day as she was worsening.
The hospital staff were able to diagnose her very quickly, considering this is a quite rare condition. We were all shocked and terrified.
My mom was rushed from Delta to Royal Columbian immediately, where specialists performed surgery within a couple hours to remove the damaged tissue in her arm. By the time she arrived, her internal organs were beginning to shut down.
We were braced for her to likely lose her arm, and potentially die. She spent a week or so in the ICU recovering. She now has full function of her arm, and you would never know she had this disease unless someone told you.
The specialists at Royal Columbian applauded the Delta Hospital staff for their quick action.
The surgeons told us that had my mother’s diagnosis been delayed by even a few more hours, she likely would have lost her arm, and very easily died.
This is why I Heart Delta Hospital.
Several years ago my father was here visiting from out of town. A year or so prior to his visit he had an open heart procedure, and was in Vancouver for a follow up.
While visiting he did not feel well, and became disoriented. I immediately took him to the Delta Hospital emergency department, and within minutes of arriving and describing his symptoms they had him in and being checked out.
It appeared he had experienced a TIA which is a mild stroke warning.
The doctors, the nurses and the staff did everything possible to make sure my dad was stable, comfortable and above all reassured that he was in good hands.
The degree of compassion that these professionals exhibited was unbelievable. It made me proud of our little hospital, it made me aware that while all folks in the medical field are hard working and dedicated that the people at Delta Hospital just have a truly unique and heartfelt concern for their patients.
They kept my dad in the hospital for the whole day, and would not release him till he was stable. The prompt manner in which he was dealt probably saved his life. I will always be grateful.
My father has been in Delta Hospital, my children have been there and I have been there. Our hospital is a blessing, it is a gift, it is a treasure that we all should cherish.
And that is why I love Delta Hospital.
We Heart Delta Hospital!