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Opinion: Understanding life stories can lead to better health care

We’re all familiar with Aesop’s boy who cried wolf: After repeatedly and falsely telling nearby villagers he saw a wolf, the wild dog finally appears. But having been fooled one too many times, the villagers refuse to respond, and the boy meets his ignominious end.

Stroke survivor unsure if he can return to Dawson Creek

A local man who survived for seven days on his bathroom floor after suffering a stroke says he's still deciding whether he'll be able to return to Dawson Creek.

Steve Adsley, who had a stroke on June 26, was able to survive by drinking water out of his toilet. After seven days, a neighbour who parked outside his first floor apartment heard Adsley's cries for help and called paramedics.

In the weeks that followed, Adsley's story gained worldwide media attention.

Man who had stroke in his bathroom survived on toilet water for seven days

VANCOUVER—Water from a toilet bowl and thoughts of his family kept a 62-year-old Dawson Creek, BC, man alive for a week when a stroke left him partially paralyzed on his bathroom floor.

Sitting in a wheelchair at the Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver, Steve Adsley calmly recounted his harrowing seven-day misery after he collapsed in his condominium on June 26.

Jammed between the vanity and the toilet, the retired financial controller and father of three said he struggled to move his body but his entire left side was paralyzed.

Keven Drews reports

BC man trapped in bathroom for seven days after stroke

Steve Adsley never thought it would happen to him. The 62-year-old man suffered a stroke that left most of his body paralysed and trapped in his bathroom—for seven days. He knew that he was going to need water, so he got creative.

“I was able to hook part of my arm into the toilet bowl and I drank the water that was in the toilet bowl,” Mr. Adsley tells As it Happens guest host Helen Mann. 

PHCRI research study gives hope to those with chronic non-healing wounds

Monday, August 19, 2013, VANCOUVER, BC — New research by the Providence Health Care Research Institute tackles a major problem plaguing long-term care facilities and hospitals. The study, published in the Nature Publication Group journal Cell Death and Differentiation, gives hope to those with chronic non-healing wounds, a problem affecting as many as 20-25 percent of patients in long-term care facilities.

An inside look at palliative care

The CBC will be broadcasting a one hour documentary on palliative care produced by UBC and Providence.

April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day - Let's Start the Conversation

An advance care plan is a summary of your beliefs, values and wishes that must be respected when future decisions are made for you

You never know what’s around the corner. You may be healthy one day, and the next an accident or illness could happen. If you are not able to communicate with others about the health care you would wish or refuse, someone else will be asked to decide for you.

Providence Health Care continues to top the list of best places to work in B.C.

Providence has been recognized as one of the province’s leading employers for the fifth consecutive year. 

Founding Providence Healthcare: Holy Family Hospital

The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul from their inception to the creation of Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver, Canada.

Rehabilitation — Focusing on Function

The goal of rehabilitation at Holy Family Hospital is to assist patients’ recovery in the best ways possible to improve or maintain their physical function and independence.


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