Eva's Story - Eva and her mother, Barbara

Eva’s Story

We thought it was just the stomach flu. But when I saw my mom a few days later, I knew something was very wrong. Her high fever remained. She wasn’t eating and she could barely even stand.

This was unusual for my mom, Barbara, who was healthy, active and rarely got sick, even at the age of 73. Seeing her in this state was scary. I made a quick decision to bring her to North York General, where I knew we’d be in good hands.

What I didn’t realize is that my mom would be spending the next 12 days in the hospital, getting treated for a serious type of bacterial pneumoniaWorst of all, she was unconscious for 10 of those days.

But from the moment we arrived, the doctors and nurses were attentive, knowledgeable, compassionate and responded to our needs right away. So when they told me they had to put my mom into an induced coma to help her get better, I trusted that it was the best decision to make for my mom.

Her body needed rest so that the antibiotics could do their work. This also gave the doctors an opportunity to take a closer look at her lungs and continue to monitor them.

I later learned that the vital sign monitors, respirators and other equipment that my mom needed was almost entirely funded by donors. That’s why I want to say thank you to the amazing donors who selflessly donated to help families like ours.

I’m happy to share that my mom made a full recovery. Without North York General and the amazing care it’s known for, I may have been telling you a very different story. Instead, my mom is back on her feet, celebrating with family and friends — she even went on a vacation to the Bahamas shortly after!

My mom now has a new appreciation for life all thanks to donor support. From the bottom of my heart – Thank you!

Warmest wishes from my family to yours,


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