For Immediate Release
August 8, 2013
LONDON, Ontario – Toronto Maple Leaf and London native, Nazem Kadri, will visit the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at London Health Sciences Centre’s (LHSC) University Hospital to see a former patient and current participant in the long-term ventilation program.
During his six month stay in the ICU, Ricky Clark, 22, a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and his care team reached out to Kadri in the hopes that a visit would boost his spirits. Clark was discharged from hospital after receiving training on how to live with a ventilator in the community before the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff run ended.
“Typically, patients who require ventilators must stay in hospital,” says Dr. Wael Haddara, site chief, medical surgical ICU and physician lead, critical care outreach team, LHSC. “The long-term ventilation program helps those patients live with dignity in their home or a supervised environment, while remaining on a ventilator, and ensures beds remain available in hospital for patients with acute care needs.”
Date: Friday, August 9, 2013
Time: 11:15 a.m.
Location: University Hospital
339 Windermere Road, London Ontario
(Media will be greeted in the front lobby and escorted to the ICU)
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