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The Auxiliary to BC Children's Hospital supports the areas of greatest need at the hospital by funding vital programs and services essential to providing the absolute best in pediatric care to the children of British Columbia.
Volunteers of the Auxiliary to the BC Children's Hospital continue to serve our patients and families with a multitude of skills, dedication and compassion. Volunteers are involved in every level of a family's experience at the hospital.
Volunteers provide hands-on support to parents and children throughout the hospital in the outpatient clinics, inpatient wards and through support to siblings and family members. The number of clinics continues to increase and volunteers are increasingly needed to provide support to families who struggle with days filled with appointments.
When Whitney Dyck looks back to the intense odyssey surrounding her son’s health crisis, she recalls the power of a single, simple word.
She and husband Dave had taken their then one-month-old baby Casey to their local hospital in Delta, BC, to check on Casey’s cold. His symptoms seemed to be getting worse, and he had trouble breathing. What happened next turned a common hospital visit into a fight to save their baby’s life. Baby Casey suffered a cardiac arrest, underwent emergency cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and then spent 26 days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at BC Children’s to recover from a severe respiratory virus and complications of cardiac arrest.
Amid tears among their supporters and family members, and fear of losing their child, Dave and Whitney took heart in the words of nurses who surrounded them. In the beginning, [caregivers] were saying, “we’ll take this hour by hour.” Then, they said “day by day,” recalls Dave. When the nurses talked about ‘tomorrow,’ we said, “oh we're thinking about the future now!” says Whitney. It came as a huge relief in a situation they never could have predicted for their family.
Casey Dyck was born on January 29, 2016, a calm and healthy baby, a second son for the Dycks. By mid-February, the Dycks’ toddler son Jameson developed a cold. Soon after, Casey seemed to have caught it. He grew fussy and had a temperature. He was also getting congested and had mucus in and around his nose.
Then, when caregivers tried to transfer Casey to another hospital, they noticed something was off. “As soon as we put him in the car seat, the nurse noticed he went white,” says Whitney. Casey was having a respiratory failure, leading to cardiac arrest. “He went from being congested to having a cardiac arrest right in front of us.”
The sense of urgency grew from there. “We were told, ‘your little boy is very, very sick,’” Whitney says. “He had gone a long time without oxygen and they had expected severe brain damage.”
Once at BC Children’s, little Casey was placed on a ventilator. The life-saving machine helped to loosen the mucus that clogged Casey’s airways and kept his lungs inflated. The ventilator had the effect of injecting about 300 breaths a minute into his body, which allowed his tiny lungs to rest and heal.
At the time, the Dycks had only one hope: that BC Children’s PICU specialists would come back with good news. Their prayers were answered. The hospital’s intensivist Dr. Sandy Pitfield told them he had found no abnormality in Casey’s brain function. “They told us, ‘your baby defies all logic,’ and we were happy with that,” says Whitney.
Looking back, the family sees Casey’s 14 days on the ventilator as a crucial element in Casey’s recovery.
Today, Casey visits BC Children’s for regular follow-up care. Whitney and Dave are grateful for the critical care their son received at the hospital. “We felt that the care was incredible,” Whitney says. “From the social workers to the intensivists, everybody was unbelievable.”