2020 Maz Spin-A-Thon
$1,265 raised
63% of $2k goal
17 contributors
36 Weeks running

Hello! My name is Julia Bergin and I have worked at the Mazankowski Heart Institute since 2009. Majority of my career has been as a bedside RN in the CV ICU although I have also worked in the cardiac cath lab recovery room. Of course I never imagined that I would ever be on "the other side" as a family member of a patient undergoing heart surgery, but last May my mother developed bacterial endocarditis from an unknown source. The infection destroyed her mitral valve and required immediate surgery in order to save her life. She was on a long term course of IV antibiotics following the surgery, which thankfully cleared the infection. However, in November 2019 her echocardiogram showed severe mitral regurgitation and she required a mitral valve repair in order to more securely suture her the mitral valve. She has been home now for almost 2 months and is on the road to recovery. I'm really thankful for the support of my coworkers, the hard work of the nurses on the cardiac surgery ward, and for Dr. Meyer and his team. Having been at the bedside of a family member undergoing 2 open heart surgeries in one year, I have a newfound perspective for what my patients and their family members go through and I greatly appreciate your support in ensuring that the Mazankowski Heart Institute can continue to participate in research and bring innovative methods and talent to Edmonton. 


Thank you! 


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The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute provides a level of care patients can't find anywhere else in western Canada. Your gift supports the advanced technology, innovative procedures, and cutting-edge research that enables the Maz to provide leading-edge patient care from diagnosis, to surgery, to rehabilitation and beyond.

Every day our patients and their families are benefiting from generosity like yours as lives are changed and saved. Thank you again for your support.

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