Renewal Campaign 2022

Always listen to your intuition

If my husband and I hadn’t listened to ours, I would be writing you a very different letter today.

Instead, I’m writing to tell you about our son, Emilio, and how he is alive today because of the amazing team at Windsor Regional Hospital - and the support of caring neighbours like you.

I hope Emilio’s story will show you how important you are to us - and to this hospital that all of us in our community rely on so much.

Emilio was born last year - on a Spring day much like this one. We cherished every single moment of those first ten months. But this January, life changed forever.

It began on a Monday morning when Emilio woke up in the middle of the night very sick. First, we took him to a walk-in clinic. We were given medicine and sent home.

But we just knew that something was wrong. So we brought him to Emergency.

He was getting worse by the minute. A doctor saw what was happening and quickly had Emilio checked in and evaluated. They immediately diagnosed Emilio with Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life-threatening complication of diabetes.

We owe our baby’s life to that ER doctor. And we owe a deep debt of gratitude to all the staff at Windsor Regional Hospital for how they’ve supported us and cared for Emilio ever since.

Our gratitude extends to you, too. We have seen first-hand how much our hospital relies on the generosity of this community, especially in funding the medical equipment our doctors need to save lives and care for their patients.

As you read my letter, will you consider offering your support, so that the hospital can provide the same incredible level of care to the next patient who needs it?

Since that day in January, everyone has gone the extra mile. They have been in touch with us almost every day, checking in and offering support and guidance. We know Emilio is receiving the very best care he could be. Every day, they make us feel like we are not alone.

Emilio’s case is a complex one. That’s why I’m proud to be helping the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation raise funds to purchase vital equipment that other patients need to get better. So many of those patients will be people who you and I know and care about. The hospital supports us all.

Can you help? Today, we are helping the Foundation raise funds for the following pieces of equipment. It’s all very specialized because the medical teams use these pieces to care for the tiniest of their patients:

  • Cribs for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Pediatric Otoscopes and Ophthalmoscopes – equipped with magnifying lenses and lights, these give our doctors the safest tools to gently examine little ears and eyes
  • Syringe pumps – to safely administer medicine, accurate to the smallest drop
  • Fetal dopplers to monitor baby heartbeats in our birthing suites – as well as bassinets, stethoscopes, and infant warmers

Emilio has just turned one! He has been approved for an insulin pump and a glucose monitoring device. I am so grateful to be able to tell you that he is his happy little self again - singing, swimming, and getting close to walking!

Emilio will be cared for by the team in the metabolic clinic at Windsor Regional Hospital until he is 18 years old. We know that they will care for him like he’s their own.

I’ve seen the difference between “good healthcare” and “world-class healthcare.” It’s a difference that is measured in lives. It’s a difference that you’re part of, because of your support for the Windsor Regional Hospital.

You were there for us in our darkest of times. Together, we can be there for other families when they need us most.

With sincere thanks,

Lisa Morra - Emilio’s grateful mom

P.S. Please join me in making a special donation to the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation today. You may even like to consider becoming a monthly donor. But whatever way you choose to support today, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making Emilio’s recovery possible.