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Wo-He-Lo clothing sale helping Island families – May 9, 2019

CHARLOTTETOWN – The Ferguson family, from Cornwall, P.E.I., is praising the care provided by pediatricians and neonatal nurses at the QEH’s Neonatal Intensive Care unit (NICU) and thanking the Wo-He-Lo Club for their fundraising efforts.

“At 32 weeks gestation, our baby Olivia made a distressing entrance into this world,” says mother Ashley Ferguson, who works in the QEH’s NICU as a ward clerk. “After labouring for 24 hours, I had an emergency C-section because of an umbilical cord prolapse. “

“I was on the sidelines preparing myself, thinking that I would have to provide devastating news to a lot of people,” says Oliva’s father, Kyle Ferguson. “But suddenly the situation took a turn for the better, and it became the best day, with Ashley surviving the ordeal and Olivia being born weighing 4 lbs 9oz.”

“Working in the NICU, I knew of the importance of the medical equipment but experiencing the compassionate care first-hand, and seeing our baby using the life-saving equipment provided by the Wo-He-Lo Club, has made me so proud to work at the QEH,” says Ashley.

Islanders are invited this week to the Wo-He-Lo Club’s annual spring clothing sale at the QEH. The sale provides an excellent selection of gently used, reasonably priced fashions for the whole family including business and casual clothing, as well as shoes and accessories. The sale takes place on the third floor in Classroom A & B on Wednesday, May 15 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Thursday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Knowing the proceeds of our sales have purchased life-saving medical equipment for babies like Olivia reinforces the important work we are doing for Island families,” says club president, Heather Keith.

Kathy Larter, nurse manager of the QEH Nursery and the NICU, says its top priority this year is to purchase four new syringe pumps at $30,000. The pumps are used for delivering minute dosage of drugs to neonatal babies with accuracy and reliability. They can also store the patient’s data and are equipped with special safety precautions to monitor drug dosages so the programmed dose is within acceptable limits.

For more information about the priority medical equipment needs at the QEH, visit www.qehfoundation.pe.ca.