Letters to the Editor

SMH ‘saved my life’

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, after two weeks of excruciating pain and missed work, I was admitted to Surrey Memorial Hospital’s makeshift emergency department (during the flood).

I was rolled in on a stretcher and set to the side as there was nowhere else for me to go. By then, my pain and illness had leeched away my will to live, despite that I am a 38-year-old woman with a loving husband, three amazing children, a job I love, and so much to live for.

I think, in those moments, I had resigned myself to the fact that I was dying.

But the head nurse in charge saw things differently. He wasted no time in getting me attended to, and I was rushed in for a CT scan. His efforts saved my life.

I was immediately booked for emergency surgery. In the hours that followed, another nurse stayed by my side every second, speaking kindly, advocating for pain medications, and listening to what I had to say.

I felt cared for and supported. I felt hope. My surgeon was equally incredible. Those three people saved my life.

The rest of my stay at Surrey Memorial continued the same. The nurses and doctors seemed to genuinely care about my physical and mental health. I am truly grateful for the dedicated, skilled professionals at Surrey Memorial Hospital. You are saving lives. You saved my life. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

Trina Bagnall

Surrey

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Report ranks high spenders among Metro Vancouver cities
 
Surrey Memorial to act as Ebola centre for Lower Mainland
 
Scholarship established in honour of Surrey athlete killed in crash
Emission limits set for B.C. LNG producers
 
LNG tax drops in softer gas market
 
Four arrested in Langley City home invasion
Trial date set for former Maple Ridge chamber executive-director
 
Pitt Meadows pans medical pot production
 
Woman critically injured in three-vehicle crash

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 21 edition online now. Browse the archives.