Families share stories of thanks for the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital

Heading into day two of the Radiothon for at the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon, more inspiring stories are being shared.

Nik and Crystal Ruszkowski from Prince Albert were the first patients at the hospital with their baby girl Wren.   Crystal had to go into a c-section after she was diagnosed with HELLP (Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, and Low Platelets) Syndrome, which put her and Wren’s health at risk.

Wren was born on August 2nd, 25 weeks and 6 days premature, weighing just two pounds.

They spent 86 days in the children’s hospital before being transferred to Victoria Hospital in PA.

The new hospital has NICU view cameras that allow family members to view the babies when they aren’t is Saskatoon.

Nik says knowing they had the ability to check on Wren anytime gave him and Crystal a lot of comfort. “Also both our parents loved it to because it gave them time to be with their grandchild even though it wasn’t in person. Just being so far away, just being able to check in on her all the time made it very good. It was an amazing device and we are very grateful we had access to it.”

Crystal says this hospital is very important to her family and many others in the province. “Saskatchewan being such a large province, having a population that’s spread out everywhere, and knowing that we have this facility for children should make anybody from this province very proud. We are so thankful to have had this hospital for Wren to be apart of.”

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