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Stories of hope

Stories of Hope

Compassion lives here

When Lingam came to live in long-term care at Langara, he was still in his 50s and much younger than most of his neighbours. He was also very sick; he had no family; and he desperately needed care. What the staff and residents didn’t know was how quickly they would become his family. How much they would come to need his care. And how hard it would be to say good-bye.

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Love: When you give it away, you end up having more

The Wong family’s roots at St. Paul’s go back more than 40 years. In 1978, Stanley was working full time, studying for his cooking certificate, and moonlighting at St. Paul’s. Now semi-retired, Stanley spends much of his time giving back, including at Lights of Hope and encouraging others to do the same. His daughter, Patricia, is just as passionate, who has been a corporate donor for the past two years. “Lights of Hope inspires our family because it’s so important,” Stanley says. “The money you give supports many different programs. It gives the doctors the tools and equipment they need to save lives. And it helps the hospital meet its greatest needs.”

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When a routine procedure becomes a medical emergency

Hazel Gray and her partner Joey Lattanzio arrived at St. Paul’s relaxed and excited. Their second son, now 11 days overdue, was finally on his way. She hadn’t even been formally admitted when she was hit by an unbearable contraction that didn’t stop. On the fetal monitor, the baby’s heartbeat become erratic. Hazel’s excruciating pain wasn’t a contraction. Her uterus and bladder had both ruptured: an incredibly rare, usually-catastrophic event. Against all odds, Hazel and her baby were saved, and discharged after a week thanks to specialized expertise coming together quickly and seamlessly. Today, almost two years later, Hazel says the entire experience is “nothing short of miraculous.” Meanwhile, for the staff at St. Paul’s, it was just another day at the office and another example of the life-changing work they do, without fanfare, every single day.

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