22 May Abel
Abel was born at just 33 weeks, after a difficult and high-risk pregnancy. At two-months old he was still tiny, less than seven pounds, but his parents thought his major troubles were behind him.
However, that wasn’t the case. Abel was resting in his bouncy chair when his mom, Lisa, heard a gagging sound from him. He was having a seizure and then went limp. They rushed Abel to the Emergency Room at South Health Campus, only five minutes away from their home where he was immediately taken into the resuscitation room.
Abel had a collapsed lung and the medical team worked quickly to intubate and stabilize him. They urged Lisa to get close to her son while they worked around her, telling her that Abel would recognize her voice, her touch and her scent and that she was a vital member of the team saving his life. He was later transferred to the Alberta Children’s Hospital where he spent one week recovering before returning home. Today, Abel is a healthy child with no long-term consequences from his pediatric emergency.
“Luckily for our family, the Emergency Room at South Health Campus had pediatric doctors on staff as well as the specialized equipment needed to treat small babies. They saved Abel’s life that day and I am forever grateful.”