Giving Back

November 26, 2009 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

 In her most recent post, Paige described how much she enjoyed hosting the Miracle Weekend telethon this past June. (Here is some footage of Paige being interviewed at the telethon – what a natural!) This is one of many ways Paige shows her appreciation for the fantastic care and support she received during her stay on the oncology ward. 

As you might expect, many past patients maintain strong ties to BC Children’s Hospital. Quite a few of them make regular visits here to the caregivers who treated them. Others give their time to support the new kids on the block – young patients who have just arrived and may be feeling scared and disoriented. Still others are thrilled to be returning to the Hospital as caregivers themselves. Take Laura Wardlaw, for example.

Laura Wardlaw in her scrubs

Laura is finishing up her nursing degree with the hope that she will one day return to BC Children’s Hospital – with one big difference. This time she will be the one providing the care.

Laura first came to the Hospital 21 years ago, born 10 weeks premature and weighing only 1.2 kilograms – about the weight of a hardcover textbook. Nurses and doctors used all their skills to save Laura’s life and their success set Laura on a journey that would take her full circle.

‘I always knew that I had to do something meaningful with my life’ says Laura, who was treated around-the-clock and made a heroic recovery. As a nurse, Laura will fill a crucial role in the province.

Baby Laura as a tiny patient at the Hospital

The BC Nurses’ Union estimates there is a shortage of 2,000 nurses in BC. With about one-third of BC’s nurses eligible to retire in the next five years, the shortage is expected to become even more severe. 

Laura looks forward to finishing her studies and working with the kids. ‘The difference that the Hospital has made in my life has really led me full circle. I think it’s a beautiful thing.’

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