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.

Cyndy smiles for a photo in front of some trees.

Critical Care for Colon Cancer

Cyndy McLean was diagnosed with colon cancer, which had metastasized to her liver. After surgery was conducted, a follow-up scan determined that additional treatment was necessary.

Kim, David and Cayden pose for a photo in a hospital room.

Complex Care for a Complicated Pregnancy

Kimberly’s pregnancy quickly turned from a joyous occasion to an expectant mother’s worst nightmare.

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.

Katheine takes a selfie of herself and Phoenix

Six-Week-Old Baby Battles COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic dominating the media, Katherine had every reason to be scared. She was experiencing body aches, fatigue and weakness. Then her six-week-old son also showed signs of illness.

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.

Caleb is in his red and white go-kart on the race track.

Dehydration to Diabetes Diagnosis

Caleb was suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition in which the body produces too many acidic ketones due to a lack of insulin. If untreated, it can cause fatal organ failure.

Tracey is with her daughter and they're holding a bouquet of flowers.

Cancer Care Times Three

Tracey began to experience severe stomach cramps in the middle of the night. She felt nauseous and became extremely pale.