Vernon tot an example of miracles supported by BC Children’s Hospital lottery

Do it for baby Quinn

Eighteen-month-old Quinn is alive today because of BC Children’s Hospital.

There was a complication during Quinn's birth, and she was deprived of oxygen.

Parents Heather and Ryan Harney were eagerly awaiting the birth of their daughter – but the low-risk pregnancy took a dramatic turn when Quinn showed no signs of life after delivery.

It took 13 minutes of resuscitation before her heart started to beat.

During that time, Quinn suffered a form of brain damage called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and multiple organ dysfunction. She had seizures, was unable to breathe on her own, had poor kidney function, and a portion of her bowel died.

But, there is a happy ending, and mom Heather is sharing Quinn's story to encourage support of Children’s Hospital and its Choices Lottery.

“The hardest part for us was the shock of how quickly everything changed,” Heather said. “We went from envisioning a life and a future for our daughter, to simply hoping she would survive.”

Within hours of arriving at BC Children’s, Quinn underwent emergency surgery on her bowels and abdomen. As her greatest health challenge was her lack of kidney function, surgeons also put her on dialysis.

Quinn would spend almost two weeks fighting for her life with 24-hour, one-on-one care at the Hudson Family Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

“Our time in the intensive care unit was when Quinn was the most fragile,” Heather said. “Had she not been able to have access to the dialysis machine, which was the only one in the province available for a baby, we know that she wouldn’t be here today.”

In the days that followed, Quinn’s kidney function improved, her brain activity stabilized, and her body began to heal from surgery. On her ninth day of life, the medical team was able to remove her respirator so that she could breathe on her own. This also meant that for the very first time, Heather could hold her daughter.

“It meant everything to me to be able to have that emotion-filled first cuddle,” she said. “It was quite a production of cords and lines and it took so many people to make it happen, but I had waited such a long time for this moment,” Heather said.

The family stayed at the hospital as in-patients for another month and a half while Quinn’s health improved, and she was finally able to come home after a second surgery at two months old.

Today, Quinn is doing incredibly well and continues to be supported by a team of experts at BC Children’s.

You can help support the hospital, as well as research into childhood diseases, through the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Choices Lottery.

Tickets are on sale until April 8 or until sold out, and one of the grand prize homes is right here in Vernon.

It's located at Infinity in Vernon on Middleton Mountain and comes in a prize package valued at over $2.4 million, including a Class A Southwind 35K Motorhome, BMW X5 xDrive 40i, and $1.4 million in cash.

You can buy tickets online, by phone at 604-692-2333 or 1-888-887-8771, or in-person at London Drugs and Save-On-Foods.

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