They let me walk into the operating room unaided, and I am humbled by their collective humanity: the way each is introduced to me. The way the anaesthesiologist explained the need to try the IV in a different place when my first vein wouldn’t cooperate. The surgical assistant, realizing the oxygen mask was too tight on my face, quickly correcting the pressure. Dr. Pinchuk, referencing me by name when he provided my overview to the team, ensuring I was still being seen as a person and not just a case number. Dr. Somogyi calling me in the evening to check on me, and my family doctor, Dr. Jesin, calling me on Boxing Day.
I offer profound thanks to all for their dedication. Thank you for having the strength and focus to look after those of us needing life-saving surgery during these angry times.
I expect the surgical team who looked after me so well are representative. I appreciate all health workers; and I particularly thank Drs. Brian Pinchuk, Ron Somogyi, Michael Yang, and Bruce Topp; and nurses Kieran Persaud, Judy Lee, and Rebecca Lei.