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Shelley is riding her bike and wearing a helmet.

The Iron Will of a Trauma Survivor

Shelley Wickenheiser regularly competes in Ironman triathlons, which are regarded as one of the most difficult races in the world. But on one sunny day in September 2018, Shelley’s future in sports was jeopardized when she was struck by a car while riding her bicycle.

Charles smiles in front of a brick wall.

Firefighter’s High-Rope Rescue Turns Deadly

Captain Charles Madder of the Hamilton Fire Department arrived at the top of the gorge with fellow members of the High Angle Rope Rescue team in July 2019. What started as a search-and-rescue mission quickly turned into a life-threatening situation for Charles himself.

Daniela smiles for the photo.

Hospital Employee Becomes a Patient

As the Manager of Research Development & Relations at Hamilton Health Sciences, Daniela Bianco is well acquainted with the leading-edge work conducted across the hospital sites. But in July 2018, she experienced this exceptional level of care for the first time as a patient.

Kristen Ribble is sitting in a chair. Her therapist is holding her prosthetic limb.

Back into Action with a Prosthetic Limb

Kristen Ribble’s pain was caused by ischemia, which is a lack of blood flow and oxygen delivery to certain parts of the body. Her condition caused extensive tissue damage, resulting in a leg amputation.

Bill smiles for a photo

Herniated Discs Lead to Partial Paralysis

After experiencing weakness and pain in his legs, Bill’s family physician sent him to the Emergency Department at Hamilton General Hospital. An MRI revealed that two of the discs in his spine were in danger of rupturing.

Irma poses for a photo on the front porch of her house.

Exceptional Care is a No-Brainer at The General

Irma Radzick from Hagersville is well acquainted with the neurosciences team at Hamilton General Hospital – she credits them with saving her life.

Lynne smiles for a photo.

Alleviating an Abdominal Aneurysm

For ten years, Lynne from Dundas lived with the stressful knowledge that she would someday require surgery.

Stephanie Hickey & Iris smile for a photo.

Suffering a Stroke While Pregnant

Stephanie Hickey suddenly lost strength on the left side of her body. The 34-year-old from Hamilton was six-months pregnant, and the safety of her unborn child was foremost on her mind as her limp body began to collapse.

Shana Greatrix poses for a photo

Close to Her Last Breath

Shana Greatrix from Port Ryerse had trouble catching her breath. Unbeknownst to her, she was dangerously close to losing her life.

Verna reads a book in her hospital room next to a window.

A Rare Cardiac Surgery

Verna Ross could have died from heart failure. An extremely rare procedure saved her life.