Margaret's Gift in Will

Margaret Keillor has a very personal reason for choosing to support the Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

That reason is a healthy, happy 9-year-old girl named Kyla. Kyla is Margaret’s granddaughter. And Grandma Margaret credits the NICU and its amazing staff with saving her granddaughter’s life. Kyla was born at 26 weeks, weighing only 1 lb 6 oz. She was taken immediately to the NICU, where she lived for over a month. As a tiny baby, Kyla needed feeding tubes.

Nurses monitored her breathing and feeding constantly. Her mother remembers, “The staff at NICU were amazing to our family. They always took the time to answer our questions and concerns. The nurses even chose sheets and hats that they thought would suit her.”

As well as caring intently for Kyla, staff in the NICU spent time teaching Kyla’s parents how to care for such a small infant. “Even changing her diapers in an incubator was a challenge!” But Kyla pulled through. Now she’s an active girl who loves art, games, reading and swimming. She is always outside, and her favourite thing is camping.

She has no health problems, and has caught up on the growth charts with other kids her age. Grandma Margaret has remained deeply grateful to the NICU. When her husband passed away, she decided she wanted to support something that gave them both great joy.

And one of their greatest joys came from Kyla. So Margaret made the decision to include the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba in her will. This is a wonderful way to support Manitoba’s children far into the future, and really is a legacy of great compassion.

“I wanted to do something that gave us great joy. The NICU gave us joy, they gave us our granddaughter. Becoming a Papa was my husband’s proudest moment.”

If you would like to find out more about supportingthe children who need us with a gift in your own will, please contact Courtney Nodrick at 204-787-8588 or email cnodrick@hsc.mb.ca for details.