Daniel Dekleer, whose mom Rita is an Infection Control Nurse at VGH, was saved at VGH after surviving a T-bone car crash.
VGH nurse’s son receives life-saving care at VGH
It was nearing midnight and raining when 22 year old Daniel Dekleer was on his way home from a memorial. He was sitting in the front passenger seat of his friend’s car and just as his friend was making a turn, Daniel noticed something out of the corner of his eye — headlights coming directly towards him. He tried to warn his friend, but it was too late. A tow truck pulling a bus T-boned the car, passenger-side first.
Original article posted on the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation website. Ryan’s story is part of a series on new Brain Bolt technology, made possible by donor funding, being pioneered at Vancouver General Hospital.
On a Friday morning in May 2016, unseasonal snow was thick on the road as 22 year old Ryan Jones was on his way to fight a forest fire near Fort St. John. Suddenly the wheels got stuck and his car veered into the oncoming lane. He saw a car approaching and tried to turn back, but his car was stuck in the snow — he couldn’t turn away.
“I don’t remember anything after that,” says Ryan. “I just woke up at the hospital.”
“I don’t even have words to describe it. It just fills my heart, it’s come such a long way.”
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Global Okanagan’s Jules Knox takes a tour through this year’s Okanagan Grand Prize – a 2,100 square-foot lakeview home in Lake Country – and finds out why the Hometown Heroes lottery matters so much, and how it supports VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.