LCBO helps give babies the best start in life
Thanks to the incredible support of Southwestern Ontario communities, representatives from the LCBO visited Children’s Hospital to present a cheque for over $148,000 to help purchase two Giraffe Omnibed incubators for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).The funds were raised during LCBO’s annual Giving Back In Our Community campaign, that is held each December in support of four regional Ontario children’s hospitals and MADD Canada.
Two-year old former NICU patient Marshall Hogeveen and his family helped celebrate the gift along with representatives from Children’s Health Foundation, and Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre. Born at 7lbs. 1oz, Marshall is typically not what you think of when you picture a baby in NICU. Just moments after he was born, Marshall’s parents knew something was wrong when he wasn't crying. Thankfully, the team in the NICU were there to help him breathe and recover from his difficult birth.
At the time I didn't think about all of the equipment in the NICU I was just worried about Marshall, but without it we might not have had our son. - Marshall's dad, Jeremy
The incubators that will be purchased are essential in the care of babies who range from extremely pre-term newborns to full-term newborns, like Marshall, that are sick or at-risk for other reasons. The highly specialized equipment provides a comfortable environment that supports optimal development, and promotes the growth and stability of fragile newborns – some as small as 500 grams (or about the size of a smartphone).
Thank you to LCBO and its customers for helping save and improve the lives of babies and their families from across the region who rely on the NICU.