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CP’s donation to Southlake will directly impact patients: Foundation

August 16, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Emily Wood

Canadian Pacific’s support of the communities in which the Canadian Women’s Open plays will have a direct impact on local cardiac patients, according to the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation.

As the chosen charity within York Region, the host community of the tournament, the Southlake Foundation is pleased to accept Canadian Pacific’s (CP’s) donation of $250,000 to support leading-edge paediatric cardiac care close to home for some of Southlake’s youngest patients and their families.

This generous CP gift will support a new echocardiogram with specialized paediatric probes. This advanced equipment uses ultrasound technology to map images of the heart and will enable Southlake’s expert clinical teams to diagnose and monitor heart conditions for young patients right at the hospital.

This equipment will be beneficial for patients like 10-year-old Jack who, in April, was diagnosed with a rare heart condition called long QT syndrome (LQTS). Suddenly feeling unwell, he collapsed into his mother’s arms, unconscious. She immediately called 911, but Jack regained consciousness after seven seconds – the longest seven seconds of her life. On route to the hospital, it happened again.

What they later learned was that Jack’s heart was beating irregularly, pumping the blood out of his heart faster than it was pumping it back in. The serious condition causes rapid and irregular heartbeats, which can lead to sudden fainting or seizures.

At Southlake, Jack bypassed the Emergency Department and was taken directly to the cardiac unit for testing.

“There was always someone in the room with us,” says Kelly, Jack’s mother. “They talked us through every step and kept us really calm. It all happened very quickly.”

Southlake didn’t have the technology to perform all the tests that Jack needed to properly diagnose his condition, but the expert team caring for him knew what had happened to him was potentially very serious. Working closely with their partners at SickKids, they transferred Jack to the downtown hospital for further testing and a definitive diagnosis.

“If Southlake hadn’t handled it that way, we might have gone home thinking he had just fainted,” says Kelly. “But, because of their expertise and attentiveness, Jack is getting the help he needs.”

Hundreds of kids like Jack come to Southlake every year with symptoms of serious heart conditions. Support from the CP Women’s Open will help equip Southlake with more advanced technology, giving their teams the tools they need to provide more pediatric cardiac care than ever before.

Southlake is home to the fourth-largest Regional Cardiac Care Program in Ontario and provides more than 10,000 patients every year with advanced critical and urgent cardiac care across York Region, South Simcoe County, and as far north as Muskoka.

The CP Women’s Open takes place August 19 – 25 at the Magna Golf Club in Aurora.

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