Feb. 18, 2011

Heartstrings and Roses raise over $50K for hospital equipment
Reporter: Kelly Clemmer Friday, February 18, 2011 At 9:00AM News

Kenny Shaw a singing comedian, in his 50 litre cowboy hat, performed at the Heartstrings and Roses fundraiser for the Wainwright and District Community Health Foundation, Feb. 12.
The Wainwright and District Community Health Foundation Board held another successful annual Heartstrings and Roses fundraising event, Saturday, Feb. 12, all to purchase specialized equipment for the Wainwright Health Centre.

With still some expenses to come in, the event brought in over $50,000, explained Myron Zajic, chair of the Health Foundation Board.

“On behalf of our Foundation and the people this equipment means so much to, I want to pass along thanks to you, the people of this community and your generosity who make it all happen,” Zajic told the nearly packed Elks Hall.

The fundraising event was put on to purchase specialized monitoring system, which includes a fetal heart monitor and cart, neonatal vital sign monitors, cardiac monitor and cart, non-invasive Biliruben meter, a Hoyer mechanical patient lift and a portable shelving unit, all with a price tag of $54,000.

Zajic found out first hand how local health care works, he explained.

“I required medical attention and surgery twice this past year,” he said. “The first was an emergency gall bladder operation and just recently for a fast-growing prostate cancer operation.

“In both cases, the operations were successful, I went through the system in a timely manner and I was treated very well, before, during and after my surgery,” said Zajic. “All individuals have to assume some responsibility for their own health and care. Go to your doctor and get your yearly check-ups.

“One thing I have learned about my cancer experience is early detection is the key,” Zajic said. “I can’t emphasize this enough to all you men out there.”

That specialized equipment that the Health Foundation has purchased over the years helped saved Irene Mailloux’s life.

Back in November 2010, Mailloux ‘crashed’ with all her systems shutting down and had to be air-lifted to an Intensive Care Unit in Edmonton. Before the flight, she had to have tracheal intubation, the placement of a flexible plastic tube into her trachea (windpipe) to maintain an open airway or to serve as a conduit through which to administer certain drugs. It is frequently performed in critically injured, ill or anesthetized patients to facilitate ventilation of the lungs, including mechanical ventilation, and to prevent the possibility of asphyxiation or airway obstruction.

Mailloux explained that due to her larger size the tube would not go in easily and without intibating, she wouldn’t be able to be transported.

A specialized scope the Health Foundation purchased in the past was able to assist Dr. Warner DeVos to insert the tube and get her on a fixed-wing aircraft to hospital in Edmonton.

“If he wouldn’t have had the camera, I wouldn’t have made it,” she said. “When I woke up, I couldn’t recollect anything. The only thing was that I didn’t see the white light...

“I’m so grateful for what they did,” Mailloux said, who in turn made a donation to the Heath Foundation. “I’m sure it didn’t cover it, but hopefully it helps.”

Zajic said he thanked Mailloux, “But it was not the Foundation that saved this person’s life, it was the generosity of the people of this community that save lives. You are the ones responsible for making the funds available to purchase the equipment needed, so our doctors and medical practitioners can do their job more efficiently and effectively.”
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