Patient Stories

patient stories

Inspiration at its best! 

It is truly inspiring to hear from our patients. This page is dedicated to the heart-warming stories of patients and their families throughout our hospitals in Whitby and Oshawa.   

If you or a loved one has had a positive experience at our hospital and would like to share your story, please contact Lakeridge Health Foundation at 905-433-4339 or  


"I'm alive today because of donor support." 

Andrea Dion was faced with a life-threatening condition, but thanks to interventional radiology she was able to grow her family. 

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"It was the first time I felt heard and not alone." 

Jennifer Vickers suffered in silence with an eating disorder before a Lakeridge Health program helped her turn her life around. 


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"I'm fortunate to be receiving the gold standard of care." 

JoAnne Swaine and her family are thankfuk for the exceptional care she's received at Lakeridge Health.  

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"I'm alive today to see my grandchildren grow." 

Jim Longo is grateful for the care he has received from Lakeridge Health and for having his hospital so close to home. 

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"I don't know where I would be without it."

'Spectacular experience' inspires local mother Nancy Gummow to support Lakeridge Health Foundation's newest campaign. 

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"After years of suffering, my pain was gone - in just one day!" 

Thanks to an innovative interventional radiology procedure, Carmen's life has turned around. 


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"I am so thankful to the amazing doctors and nurses who helped me."

Chris Cobb suffered fro a mysterious illness until his medical team at Lakeridge Health uncovered the problem and got him on the right path to recovery. 


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"If another emergency happened to my family, I'd feel confident going to Lakeridge Health."                                                                        

When Ashley McKay-Brookes went into labour two months early, her twins boys desperately needed our help.

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"I think it's really important that both hospital sites work well together." 

When Reg had a stroke, he was rushed to Lakeridge Health where he would spend 7 weeks in recovery and receive care across two hospital sites. 


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"It's giving that starts the receiving process." 

After 4 years of dialysis treatments through Lakeidge Health, John received a kidney transplant - a generous gift from his neice.  


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"Lakeridge Health saved my daughter"

In September, Julie almost lost her daughter to an overdose.  Today, they are closer than ever thanks to Lakeridge Health's Child, Youth and Family Program. 


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"They knew what I was capable of before I did"

Two years after a devastating stroke, Ken McCaw is an inspiration to patients at Lakeridge Health.