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Nicole’s story

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Meet Nicole and her family. All three children were born at Grand River Hospital and were cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). She is grateful for the team of world-class professionals who supported her and her babies.

Walking out of Grand River Hospital was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

Because my baby was still in there.

Elijah was born ten weeks early. When I went into labour unexpectedly, we didn’t even know how to get to the hospital, even though we’ve lived in this community for years. We’d never needed it before. But now we needed it more than ever. Our baby’s life was at stake.

Several years and three premature babies later, I know Grand River Hospital (GRH) like the back of my hand.

I know the people—the quick-thinking doctors and selfless nurses. I know how hard they work, how talented they are, and how much they care about each and every patient. And I know the facilities and equipment.

Lots of it is amazing. Some of it needs some love.

Right now, our hospital needs us. The lights in the obstetrics unit – the ones that doctors use when delivering our babies and doing caesarian sections – desperately need to be replaced.

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GRH has been there for me and for my family in a way I can’t even describe. And I know I’m not alone. Perhaps you or someone you love has been treated at GRH, so you know what I’m talking about.

Each of my babies were just one of those 4,300 born each year, but the staff made me feel like they were the only baby in their care. I only truly realized it with Hope … who is dozing beside me as I write this.

Nicole and her daughter Hope at home.

Hope was the one who scared me the most.

My pregnancy with Hope was more complicated than with the boys. I had the signs and symptoms of early labour multiple times. Each time, the team at GRH responded with such efficiency and professionalism, and they were able to keep me pregnant until 35 weeks.

But when it happened, it happened fast. In fact, we almost didn’t make it to GRH in time. I was scared.

When I arrived in the hospital, I was surrounded by people I’d come to think of as family. Many of the nurses and doctors had helped deliver and care for my other children. When I saw them waiting for me, I just started crying with relief.

That feeling is part of the reason I’m telling you my story today. It’s also because I know how caring our community is, and I want to ask you to join other donors in making sure we all have the best care possible right here.

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