Inspirational Stories

Dr. David Yap, Emergency Physician, Burnaby Hospital

Dr. David Yap, Emergency Physician, Burnaby Hospital

How long have you been working in the Emergency Department?

I started working at Burnaby Hospital in 2003. Prior to that, I was working in Toronto and in Burnaby, going back and forth. But I’m originally from here—born and raised in the Lower Mainland. And my family is here so I eventually decided to come back, and I found Burnaby Hospital ‘home’.

Knitting to Give Back

Knitting to Give Back

Cancer patient Vida Vojkovic has found a unique way to show her support for Burnaby Hospital.

Burnaby resident Vida Vojkovic vividly remembers the day she was diagnosed with cancer in October 2008. They had caught it early, but nothing could prepare her for what followed: treatments, surgery, and the physical toil of chemotherapy.

Three times a week every two weeks, Vida now walks confidently into the Cancer Centre at Burnaby Hospital, where she continues her chemotherapy treatments.

Finding the Will to Survive

Ilse Hubert celebrates life after near-death one day at a time.

It was a New Year’s Eve Ilse Hubert will never forget. A wife, mother, recreational Scrabble player, and former President of the South Burnaby Lawn Bowls Club, Ilse was always a very healthy person. But what began as a slight discomfort after Christmas soon became an ordeal Ilse will remember for years. On December 31, 2007, Ilse awoke in the early hours of the morning with excruciating pain unlike anything she had felt before.

Ilse’s husband, John, called 9-1-1 and they went from their home in South Burnaby to the Emergency Department of Burnaby Hospital. Within hours, Ilse was diagnosed with a perforated bowel and taken immediately into surgery. The surgeons did what they could, resulting in the removal of her colon, gall bladder and ruptured appendix. And hours later, John and Jane, Ilse’s daughter, received long-awaited news that Ilse had made it through the surgery.

Green Light Laser

Green Light Laser

A new green light laser at Burnaby Hospital is helping urology patients recover faster.

Left: Dr. John Warner with the Green Light Laser. “I’m incredibly grateful to our Foundation’s donors. Simply put, without their support, we could not buy equipment like the green light laser.”

A Fairway to Recovery

A Fairway to Recovery

When Dr. Lee Busse moved with his young family to Burnaby over 50 years ago, he never imagined the impact Burnaby Hospital would have on him and his family.

“My first experience with Burnaby Hospital was when my wife had a horrific accident and broke her kneecap in 12 different places,” says Lee. “That was years ago, and luckily, she was operated on by Dr. Ralph Belle, who put her back together.”