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Your Treat Makes A Difference
Every year during Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day, net proceeds of your Blizzard purchase benefits the Children’s Hospital. Here is what has been supported because Dairy Queen and you took the time to care.
In 2018, the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba announced that a brand new Children’s Hospital Heart Centre would be built to accommodate the increased case load as well as being in a location optimal for emergency services. With your support of Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day, the Heart Centre will be built on the 4th floor of the Diagnostic Centre of Excellence Building. This location is optimal as it is in the same location as the Cardiac MRI, the intensive care unit, and other essential services assisting over 6,000 patients and their families a year.
In 2017, the Children’s Hospital desperately required a Neuromicroscope. This machine removes brain tumours, helps epilepsy patients and allows our specialists to see at greater magnification. It replaced a machine that was over 20-years-old. Thanks to your support of Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day, it was purchased. It arrived just before Christmas and it has become such a vital tool for surgeries. Thank you!
Your newborn child is sick and clinging to life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). They have to get a needle for a test – however, finding a vein is almost impossible on a child so fragile can be dangerous. Needle pokes are a necessary step in obtaining samples in the NICU. However, because of Dairy Queen and your support of the 2016 Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day, a bed-side/movable ultrasound machine has been purchased. This allows our medical team to see what is underneath the skin and increase the chances of needing only one poke to get what the test requires. Additionally, ultrasound is rapidly proving more and more reliable in telling what we need to know about the condition of the baby’s lungs without having to do x-rays.
“The use of ultrasound has become a tool that is used on a daily basis”, states Dr. Micheal Narvey, Medical Head, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Children’s Hospital. “Avoiding the use of radiation by replacing x-rays with ultrasound is good for the babies under our care since many of them would get dozens of x-rays during their stay with us. It is a safe and reliable tool that is helping to take some of the guesswork out of the procedures we do and improved accuracy is good for everyone.”