Patient Lisa Thuss Tandy with, from left, husband Mike, Dr. Renato Natale holding baby Livia, and Dr. Lin Ruo Guo.
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Delivering Life

On May 26, 2003, Lisa Thuss Tandy had her first child, Griffen. Two days later, she had a severe brain aneurysm that necessitated two subsequent surgeries. Assured by her medical team that it was safe to get pregnant again, Lisa and her husband Mike were eagerly anticipating the uncomplicated arrival of a new addition to their family earlier this year.

Thirty-nine weeks pregnant, Lisa experienced confusion and short-term memory issues while scrapbooking at her sister’s house and was rushed to London Health Sciences Centre’s University Hospital on Feb. 27, 2011. It was discovered she had an aortic dissection, a life-threatening tear in the inner wall of the aorta.

The risks to both mother and baby significant, Lisa required simultaneous open-heart surgery and emergency C-section. When she awoke in the Intensive Care Unit, she thought it had all been a dream. Thanks to the incredible skill of her medical team and the state-of-the-art technology at their disposal, Lisa was soon presented with reality in the form of a happy and healthy baby girl, Livia.

At the new North Tower at Victoria Hospital, women’s health care services in London, currently located at separate sites across the city, are consolidated. For the first time, all services associated with women and children are located in the same building.

ABOVE: Patient Lisa Thuss Tandy with, from left, husband Mike, Dr. Renato Natale holding baby Livia, and Dr. Lin Ruo Guo.