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The global pandemic has been really challenging for our medical teams. And, unfortunately, it is going to stay challenging for a lot longer than we thought.

We could use your help!

COVID-19 has impacted so many. We do not know how bad things are going to get. With your help, we can be prepared to give every patient who comes through our doors the best possible care. Our list of equipment needs is fairly long, but here are a few examples:

  • Zoom Stretcher: Needed in the Emergency Department, this motorized stretcher makes it easier for patients to move themselves or for doctors and nurses to move them. Cost: $34,149
  • EEG Monitor: Helps monitor patient brain activity. This piece of equipment is needed in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and the Operating Room. Cost: $12,000 x 3
  • Intubation Scope: Helps plan and complete intubation to assist with a patient’s breathing. this piece of equipment is needed in the Operating Room. Cost: $18,000

Your donation will show our medical teams working so hard in hospital right now, that you are there with them! You’ll ensure we have all the vital equipment we need to continue caring for patients like Ross Lunn.

I would like to support patients like Ross! Please click the donate button at the top right of the page to donate today! 

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Ross was in hospital for 71 days!

Ross went through a roller coaster ride. There were times when things seemed very bleak. Our medical teams learned a lot, and his recovery was a huge success story: for OUR hospital, for the fight against COVID-19 and of course for Ross. After facing weeks of frustration, anxiety and fear, Ross’ recovery was finally something good that came out of this pandemic. It gave all of us some hope!

Read more about Ross’ journey from his grateful wife June’s perspective below.

Family Strong

We’d been feeling pretty sick and flu-like for about a week when the doctor suggested we should probably head to emergency to get checked out.

Ross says the last thing he remembers is walking out to the ambulance! He woke up 42 days later.

I’ll never forget being in my hospital room – more sick with worry than the virus. The ICU doctor came in to tell me that Ross was downstairs in the ICU. That he likely wouldn’t make it through the night.

I remember not wanting them to take me to him, because that would mean the worst: that he wasn’t going to make it. I can’t even describe how shocked and devastated I was when the doctor did ask the nurse to take me down to see Ross.

But my Ross is a fighter! He made it through the night. And the next day. But it was still touch and go for quite some time. He’d progress two steps forward and then one step back.

Being discharged from the hospital was comforting. At least I could be in my own home, sit on the porch, listen to the birds and breathe the fresh air. I couldn’t see Ross anyway. But I was still constantly consumed with worry about my love.

The hospital staff were amazing! We checked in with them every day to give get reports. Normally ICU patients can have their family there all day and night, but with COVID, we weren’t allowed in the hospital.

The amazing nurses used video chat to show us Ross and let us feel connected to him, even though he wasn’t conscious at first.

I remember the day I knew Ross was going to be okay.

It was Easter. He’d regained consciousness, but wasn’t responsive on our video chats. The nurse asked if he could hear her voice – and he nodded and she asked him to show her. He stuck out his tongue at me! I thought, “there’s my Ross!”

Our daughters came up with a family slogan to get us through: Family Strong. We were all in it together, and that made all the difference.

Ross says his first clear memory after waking is having a nurse trying to spoon feed him some pureed peaches! He thought it wasn’t right to have someone feeding him, a grown man. So he asked if he could feed himself. And he did, even through it was kind of shaky.

Ross says he can’t believe how tough it was to stand up from the hospital bed for the first time. But he took that first step. And then fell back into bed exhausted.

But the next day he took another. And the next day, another. And before long – Ross was discharged from hospital after 71 days. On his 71st birthday!

Just two weeks after that, Ross was back outside mowing his lawn! He’s so determined to get better and back to doing all the things he loves to do.

Doctors said Ross might have to be on oxygen for the rest of his life. We had a wonderful respiratory therapist who came to the house to help us figure out how to use the oxygen at first. Today, Ross is off the oxygen, even at night! Determined – like I said!

We’re so thankful to all the wonderful doctors, nurses, and generous donors who make OUR hospital the very best it can be.

Without you, Ross wouldn’t be here today to be the amazing husband, father and papa that he is. 

I would like to support patients like Ross! Please click the donate button at the top right of the page to donate today!