Cash as a baby in the NICU

Clinging to Life after Premature Birth

Tracy was 29 weeks into her pregnancy when she encountered her first complication.

DoraLee smiles for a photo

Caring for a Family with Complex Needs

Tara and Amanda from Hamilton are well acquainted with the services at McMaster Children’s Hospital, as they have adopted multiple children with complex physical or developmental needs.

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.

Eleanor Churchill smiles for a photo

Standing Strong after a Horrific Fall

Eleanor Churchill was 85 years old when she fell down a flight of stairs in her home.

Sue Hewitson smiling while standing outdoors.

The Day the Cancer Returned

Sue Hewitson of Jerseyville awoke to such extreme pain that she decided to visit the Emergency Department in Brantford. An ultrasound revealed that a tumour was growing in her kidney.

Joanne Kiers smiles for a photo

“Anyone with Lungs can get Lung Cancer”

Joanne was shocked when she was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2013 – despite never smoking a day in her life.

Ben playing hockey.

OHL Player Nearly Dies on the Ice

Ben Fanelli from Waterloo nearly died in 2009. While playing for the Kitchener Rangers, an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team, the 16-year-old was checked hard during a game and his head smashed into the boards.

Syl smiles for a photo

“I Had a Matter of Months to Live”

“I noticed an unusual lump on my leg in 2009,” recalls Syl Corsini of Lynden. “I went to the local hospital for scans and a biopsy. That’s when I was diagnosed with lymphoma.”

Dr. Wes Oczkowski smiles for a photo

When a Doctor Becomes a Patient

Dr. Wes Oczkowski’s life was in danger, and he didn’t even know it. An intense pain developed in his chest one morning in February 2019 when he was clearing the snow from his car.

Phil & Tanya Sheldon hold hands in front of the Burn Trauma Unit Sign

Back in Action after the Fire

Constable Phil Sheldon of Beamsville was attempting to rescue a woman from a burning home in July 2015 when the house exploded, resulting in third- and fourth-degree burns to 50 per cent of his body.