In the moments after a baby is born in the hospital, it has to undergo a series of tests to ensure it’s healthy. One of the conditions babies are tested for is jaundice. Jaundice causes a baby’s skin or eyes to turn a yellowish colour. Untreated, it can lead to serious problems. High levels of jaundice have to be treated with phototherapy.
At Red Deer Regional Hospital there are two phototherapy units. Problem is, there are sometimes more than two babies needing treatment for jaundice. That means either the hospital is scrambling to borrow equipment from another health centre, or.. baby and mom are sent scrambling to another hospital themselves.
When 18 year old McKenna Causey heard about this situation which arrises from time to time at Red Deer Regional, she decided to do something about it. The Blackfalds resident and RDC student had recently been awarded 150 dollars from RBC as part of the nation wide Make 150 Count Campaign. Causey could have donated the 150 dollars to this cause, but instead she thought she’d take the opportunity to see if she can make a huge difference. Causey is asking businesses or individuals in Central Alberta to match her 150 dollar contribution. If she can get 150 others to donate 150 dollars, she’ll be able to reach her goal of purchasing 2 more phototherapy units for Red Deer Regional Hospital!
For more information or to donate to MaKenna’s fund, please go to make150count.weebly.com
More about Jaundice:
?This is a medical condition in which too much bilirubin (hemoglobin and red blood cells) is circulating in the blood. Excess bilirubin causes the skin and eyes to turn a yellowish color. This can cause damage to the liver and in young babies high levels can, although rarely, affect the brain. Jaundice (high levels) is not something that can go away on its own and therefore must be treated with phototherapy, also known as “bili lights” to break down bilirubin and gets babies back in their mother’s arms sooner. Jaundice in children is not normal and must be treated.
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Central Alberta Humane Society looking for the cutest animal in the area
From The Central Alberta Humane Society
|Hey, I’m Bear, last year’s photo contest WINNER! I had so much fun
taking pictures for the CAHumane calendar with Kimberly from
Chic & Grace Studios! Just look at me, her pictures are sooo beautiful!
But that’s not even the best part, by entering me in the
Calendar Photo Contest & voting, I helped raised money for shelter
animals who aren’t as lucky as me to have a loving home, but I know
they will get one soon with your help!
Your pet could be this year’s calendar cover star but first you have to
They could earn one of 12 spots (6 voted, 6 selected by judges) in the
|Reserve a Calendar Day is back this year!|
|Once again, for a $10 donation, we offer you the chance at an
automatic spot in the calendar! cChoose a day that is special to you, it
could be a birthday, anniversary, holiday, day you brought your pet
home, whatever you want & commemorate it with a photo & caption ofyour choosing! Dates are first come, first serve so pick yours before it’s taken!
Reserve a Calendar Day is not an entry into the contest itself, we invite & encourage you to enter both, all funds will go to the important care
of shelter animals.
|Reserve a Calendar Day HERE|
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