Fourteen-year-old Jessica Wilson recently helped unveil the recognition plaque to mark the official opening of a state-of-the-art angiography suite at McMaster Children’s Hospital.
The $1.3 million required to fund the angiography suite was supported by donor contributions to Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation.
Angiography is a medical procedure that produces real-time images of the inside of blood vessels. Traditionally, angiography was primarily used as a diagnostic tool. Advancements in technology have enabled doctors to use interventional angiography procedures to treat life-threatening illness and injury and repair damaged blood vessels, without resorting to surgery.
The new angiography suite is equipped with sophisticated technology that produces high resolution images with the lowest dose of radiation possible.
McMaster Children’s Hospital was the first health-care facility in North America to “go live” with the new technology.
Jessica travels to the angiography suite at McMaster Children’s Hospital from her home in Acton every eight weeks for a procedure to dilate a stricture (narrowing) in her esophagus.
“We are very grateful for the amazing care that our daughter has received at McMaster Children’s Hospital,” said Jessica’s father, Greg Wilson.
“To the donors whose financial contributions funded the angiography suite, thank you for helping Jessica and the other children who need this technology.”
Last year, 1,800 children had a procedure in the angiography suite at McMaster Children’s Hospital—the only place in south-central Ontario where children can access these potentially life-saving procedures.
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation president and CEO Pearl Veenema said the completion of the $1.3-million campaign for the angiography suite represents a tremendous investment by donors to children’s health in our region.
“The generosity of our donors, corporate and community partners has helped ensure that the health care team at McMaster Children’s Hospital has access to the most advanced diagnostic imaging technology available,” she said. “Their commitment to transforming children’s health in our region is truly inspiring, and we are so very thankful for their support.”