Patients benefit from a smiling face (St. Paul's Hospital)

When you’re a patient about to undergo heart surgery, a smiling face can help make the difference between despair and hope. Alexandra Kalewska is one of those smiling faces.

Kalewska has greeted many patients undergoing major surgery at St. Paul’s Hospital’s cardiac ward, and says the benefits of those visits are apparent in real time.

“To be present for these people” at their most vulnerable time is “a beautiful gift,” said the Christ the Redeemer parishioner. “I want to make sure these people have a hope and a light, to know there are people who are there for them.”

Agnieszka Krawczynski reports

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