New Funding for Cancer Research
ICU Staff Kathrine De Lyster and Bridget Dowding pictured with grateful patient Tony de Maaijer (centre).
Struggling to get a breath in and feeling like he was “choking to death”, Tony de Maaijer knew he was in a bad way.
“I couldn’t sleep all night and became really unwell, my lungs had given out and I knew I had to do something quickly,” Tony recalls.
Fortunately, Tony ended up “in the hands of the most marvellous professionals” - in the Flinders Medical Centre Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where he spent 10 days.
“There were so many people in there who looked after me, and the care I received was amazing,” Tony says.
“All these beautiful people left an impression on me and I wanted to say thank you, and to do something that would benefit the hardworking staff directly.”
In a show of thanks, Tony recently returned to Flinders, making a generous donation of $10,000 to help provide recliners, massage chairs, a coffee machine, and other comforts for the staff in the unit.
ICU nurse Emma Dunstan said Tony’s visit to the unit gave staff a “boost”.
"We’re grateful to Tony for recognising the staff in ICU, particularly during such a challenging time in healthcare” Emma said.
“In the work we do, we don’t often see our patients again after they leave the ward, so to see a patient like Tony standing up, feeling better and recovered after all they’ve been through is really nice.”
Pleasingly Tony has recovered and is feeling well - busily working, enjoying exercise, games of table tennis and looking after his young grandchildren.
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