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 Sherry's Story

Sherry Palmer believes in miracles. But it wasn’t a miracle that saved her life one terrifying night in January 2013; it was a machine. High-tech 3-D biplane equipment in the hands of a specially trained physician helped stop a massive hemorrhage that almost took her life.

“I had never heard of that machine before, but I’m glad it was there and available when I needed it,” says Sherry.

The Campaign for Royal University Hospital raised funds for the purchase and installation of the newest generation of angio biplane equipment at RUH, as well as for upgrades to the original suite, for the treatment of strokes, aneurisms, internal bleeding and other critical and time-sensitive medical procedures.

Sherry's story began in December 2012, when she underwent a medically necessary hysterectomy. Due to the nature of her condition, there were complications. The following month, she was at home in Saskatoon when blood from a massive internal hemorrhage began pouring from her temporary catheter.

She was rushed by ambulance to the Emergency Department at RUH, where she was immediately given intravenous fluids and several pints of blood. Her blood pressure dropped and her pulse disappeared. She was prepped for surgery. Her sister came to the bedside.  Sherry was afraid it might be their final conversation.

“Please, I don’t want to die,” Sherry remembers saying to a member of her medical team. “He said, ‘You’re in the best hands in the best place you can be.’ That really calmed me down.” 

Conventional surgery was deemed too risky so Sherry was wheeled into the angio biplane suite. Dr. Peter Szkup was on call that night. As a specialist in Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, he is trained in delicate minimally invasive surgical procedures made possible with the three-dimensional “real time” computer images produced by the angio biplane equipment.

“We face this kind of emergency quite often,” says Dr. Szkup. Internal bleeding can occur in many situations including hysterectomies, Caesarian births and traumatic car accidents. Dye is injected into the patient and, using the angio biplane, the physician identifies the source of the bleeding. A filament tube is then inserted into an artery and brought to the site of the bleed, where a tiny feathery coil is ejected across the opening. The coil causes a clot that halts the flow of blood.

"I remember the joy in Dr. Szkup's voice when he knew the procedure had been successful," recalls Sherry, a very grateful patient. "Thanks to the angio biplane and the medical team, my life was saved."

Thank you for your support of The Campaign for Royal University Hospital!

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