It all started with a strange sensation in his chest. Heartburn. Or so Matt Oliver thought. He was 44 at the time. Fit. Watched what he ate. Owned a business — Bike Tours of Victoria — that allowed him to stay active. No way it was anything too serious.
Dr. Paul Whelan, a urologist and executive medical director of the Island Health Surgical Program, has treated countless patients in a stellar career. Becoming a patient himself isn’t something he was planning for.
Rachel Leff had been through it all before when she went into the hospital to give birth to child No. 3. This time, doctors decided to induce her at 36 weeks, meaning she would have a pre-term pregnancy. The Jan. 17 delivery of her son, Jasper, went well, but the baby was born with jaundice, a liver condition that causes yellowing of the skin and can lead to other issues — meaning Jasper would have to spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Robert Bateman’s emergency flight from Salt Spring Island to Royal Jubilee Hospital wasn’t all bad. “A helicopter ride always has an element of ‘fun,’ ” quipped the internationally acclaimed artist, recalling his 2016 trip to Victoria for emergency treatment.
Todd Wells is the first to admit that he didn’t always make the best choices when he was younger. Despite battling asthma from the age of five — he ended up in hospital for nearly three months at one point — he still took up smoking at the age of 11.