Harden Family gives back

An emergency department ventilator used to ventilate newborns and children was purchased with funds from the Harden family to the Stettler Health Care Centre. From the left, Site Manager Diane Palmer, Dr. Pieter Bouwer, Sadie and Jamie Harden. ECA Review/Submitted

In September 2018, 2-year-old Sadie Harden developed flu-like symptoms.

After three visits to the Stettler hospital, her condition continued to worsen.

Dr. Pieter Bouwer made the call to airlift Sadie by STARS to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.

Once she arrived, it was discovered she had Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) and was in kidney failure.

She spent 17 days in the Stollery and in that time she endured four days of blood dialysis, five blood transfusions and four days of kidney dialysis.

Dr. Bouwer was in close contact with the family and the Stollery ICU team.

Sadie is back in excellent health due to the great care she received in Stettler and Edmonton.

While in Edmonton, a family member set up an online benefit for Sadie.

The response of the Alberta Rodeo communities, Stettler and area communities, friends and family was unbelievable.

In thanks, the Harden family is donating back some of the funds raised by donating $10,000 to the Stollery Stollerific Program and $14,560 to the Stettler Health Services Foundation (SHSF).

The Harden family have also donated funds to families with sick children in need of support in Sadie’s name.

In the fall of 2018, SHSF purchased a ventilator for $35,000 for the emergency department with funds raised through the Stettler Festival of Lights.

With the money donated by the Harden family, SHSF is purchasing modules to add to this ventilator.

It will enable the physician to ventilate newborns and children while they wait for STARS to transport them to a higher level of care.

The other module purchased will monitor the carbon dioxide level for all patients while being ventilated.

This summer, Alberta Health Services will be renovating the emergency department in Stettler and SHSF will be commencing an ambitious campaign to fund equipment for this program.

Watch for further details about the “Affair for the Heart” fundraising campaign.


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