Grateful patients

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The Grateful Patient program through the Foundation at Royal Inland Hospital gives the opportunity for patients to share their stories and to thank specific caregivers to whom they are grateful. Stories may be shared on our webpage and in other publications. So if you have been a patient in either Royal Inland Hospital or any of the local feeder hospitals and would like to share your story, feel free to click on the ‘Share Your Story’ button. If you would like to make a donation in appreciation of a specific caregiver or just as a general donation, please click on the ‘Make a Donation’ button. Thanks!

 

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Our Grateful Patients

DAVID GARCIA

Goodbye For Now – David Garcia’s Covid-19 story A Story of Inspiration & Resilience On May 20th 2021, David Garcia was diagnosed with COVID-19. When he checked himself into Nicola Valley Hospital and Heath Centre on May 24th, he had no idea that this would be

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STACEY JYRKKANEN

In the blink of an eye, everything can change. It was a beautiful summer day on July 25th, 2022 when Stacey and Ken Jyrkkanen were making their way home from their annual Lake Louise camping trip. For over 25 years, Stacey and Ken set time

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Laura Drennan

LAURA DRENNAN

On December 9th, 2019, Laura Drennan’s life changed forever. She woke up ready to take on the day with pride and passion as she prepared for an executive meeting for the United Steelworkers Union later that day. While in attendance, her colleague Chad noticed Laura

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Robin Heggeler

ROBIN TEN HEGGELER

Living with constant, debilitating pain makes even the simplest daily tasks a challenge. This is what Robin Ten Heggeler was facing due to severe arthritis in both her hips. But she kept putting off hip replacement thinking “it was going to get better”. Robin does

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Rose Stapleton

ROSE STAPLETON

Reaching the age of 80 is a milestone that is celebrated, and Rose Stapleton was able to do just that on October 24, 2019. Happy Birthday! Rose lived to see this remarkable day, thanks to the medical teams at the Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams

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Stannard Family

TARA STANNARD

There are many reasons to be grateful when welcoming a new member to the family. For the Stannard family, July 22, 2020, was a perfect example. Arriving in the late afternoon at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH), Tara was in full labour. After parking and proceeding

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Larry Sill

LARRY SILL

After retiring as a Manager at Weyerhaeuser, Larry was enjoying retirement. Physically fit and trim, Larry could not complain of any health issues. But when he started having strange recurring symptoms in and around his throat area, he went to see his family doctor right

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Abby Bucoviz

ABBY BUCOVIZ

It is not your average seven year old who is thinking about philanthropy and giving back in the memory of a loved one. Wise beyond her years, Abigail (Abby) Bucoviz, donated her birthday money and funds raised selling squash, totalling $45, to the Royal Inland

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Don Reid

DON REID

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is not easy, particularly when it comes out of the blue. This is exactly what happened with Don Reid, who was having a procedure done for a completely different reason, and was told that he had bladder cancer. This was in

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Maury Hik

MAURY HIK

On Sunday, January 9th, Maury Hik woke up to some unfamiliar aches and pains. It started with excruciating pain in his jaw and transitioned into a heaviness in his chest. He hoped that these uncomfortable sensations would soon pass but when his arm went numb,

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Adam Bukusik

ADAM VUKUSIC

Adam started Tuesday like any other day. After his shower he made his lunch and set off to school. But the day took a turn in the afternoon. A mountain bike ride on a favorite trail left the 11 year-old with life-threatening injuries, making October

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Jean Chacko

JEAN CHACKO

On September 19th, 2016, Jean Chacko’s life changed forever. She was visiting her son in Kamloops and was driving to visit friends in Sahali when she was involved in a head-on collision in a busy intersection. With life-threatening injuries, the 83-year old was transported to

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Reggie Khurana & Family

REGGIE KHURANA

  Reggie, a psychiatric nurse at Hillside Hospital (located behind Royal Inland Hospital) and Nick, a design director with a computer software company in town, were thrilled to bring their new baby home on October 22 of this year. But the homecoming was much earlier

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Greg Murray and Family

GREG MURRAY

Greg Murray is a grateful patient, not only for the care that he continues to receive at Royal Inland Hospital, but particularly to Dr. Suman Dehsi, Cardiologist at RIH, who was instrumental to an early diagnosis and treatment. Greg’s journey began in 2008 when he

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Mother and father with infant and toddler

PREGNANCY IN A PANDEMIC – THE SHELTON’S FAMILY STORY​

Overjoyed with optimism and excitement, Brianna Shelton was entering her third trimester when an unanticipated diagnosis significantly altered her pregnancy journey. Already given birth to her healthy son Beckett just 14 months prior, Brianna was well prepared for the arrival of her newborn baby. Brianna,

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Velestuk Family at Park

SEBASTIAN VELESTUK

The Velestuk Family is very grateful to the NICU for ensuring the survival of their son, Sebastian, who was born premature and spent 67 days at RIH. Richelle’s pregnancy had been nothing out of the ordinary. She was able to maintain her active lifestyle and

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