It's not too late to make a gift for Heart Pledge Day

630 CHED will be broadcasting live from the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
Hear how your support provides world-class cardiac care that changes and saves lives.

Heart Pledge Day 2016

The Maz provides advanced care to the most complex cardiac patients of all ages,
from across Western Canada – thanks to donor support.

 

Supporting Western Canada's Leading Heart Institute

Funds raised during Heart Pledge Day have supported such critical needs as:

  • expanding the cardiovascular intensive care unit – where the sickest of the sick cardiac patients receive world leading care;
  • buying portable life support equipment for patients who are so sick they would not arrive at the Maz alive without it; and
  • purchasing a specialized cooling system that protects the brains of heart attack patients by lowering their body temperature

Learn more about the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute

 

Without life support, I wouldn't be here

Jolissa Doerksen

Jolissa Doerksen, 24, was still adjusting to life as a new mom when she and her husband Jeremy, decided to take their baby Jordana on her first camping trip. It was mid May, 2014. 

The young family’s trailer, parked outside their home in the community of Blumenort, Alberta near Fort Vermilion (660 kilometers northwest of Edmonton), needed a thorough cleaning after the long winter. “Being in the country, we knew there was a chance that mice had gotten into our trailer,” said Jolissa.  “Sure enough, they had.”

Within a week of cleaning the trailer, Jolissa had contracted Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome – a deadly respiratory condition acquired through contact with deer mice droppings.

By the time she arrived at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute less than a week later, she was close to death.

Doctors at the Maz immediately put Jolissa on one of the two Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) units, otherwise known as life support. She remained in the cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) for two weeks while her body recovered from the hantavirus. 

Today, Jolissa is grateful for the people at the Maz, in particular the surgerical teams and staff and intensivists in the CVICU who saved her life. And for the technology they used to save her life. “Without that machine, I wouldn’t be here,” says Jolissa, who gave birth to their second daughter, Jerilyn, six months ago. “It’s that simple.”

Demand for life support has increased dramatically since 2009. The Maz currently has two 10-year-old ECLS units. “Those machines saved me,” says Jolissa. “It’s terrible to think what would have happened if that equipment wasn’t available. That’s why it’s so important to support Heart Pledge Day so they can buy two more life support units.”

This year's Heart Pledge Day is supporting the purchase of two new ECLS units, doubling the capacity to save the lives of patients who have run out of options to survive.

 

 

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Thank you for helping put the latest technology in the hands of the best and brightest
healthcare team 
for the most complex and chronic cardiac patients.

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Donor Office - University of Alberta Hospital

1H1.91 WMC, 8440 – 112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7

Donor Office - Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute

2A9.006 MAHI, 8440 – 112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7

Donor Office - Kaye Edmonton Clinic

1B.120 KEC, 11400 University Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z1

University Hospital Foundation

Phone: 780-407-7007 | Fax: 780-407-6603
uhfoundation@albertahealthservices.ca
Charitable Registration Number  88900-3240 RR0001

 



Donor Office - University of Alberta Hospital

1H1.91 WMC, 8440 – 112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7

Donor Office - Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute

2A9.006 MAHI, 8440 – 112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7

Donor Office - Kaye Edmonton Clinic

1B.120 KEC, 11400 University Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z1

University Hospital Foundation

Phone: 780-407-7007 | Fax: 780-407-6603
uhfoundation@albertahealthservices.ca
Charitable Registration Number  88900-3240 RR0001

 



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