Meet Grateful Patients
Bonita Stevenson

Bonita Stevenson

When Bonita Stevenson was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2013, she immediately underwent surgery and was put on a rigorous schedule of chemotherapy and radiation. Within a year, she was on the path to recovery after completing her treatment and taking an anti-hormone drug to prevent the spread of cancer.

One year later, in January of 2015, everything changed. She was walking her dog on a cold, wintry day, when she slipped on an icy patch and fell. She went to be treated for her injury and to her shock, found out the drug had been ineffective and the cancer had spread.…

Gord Henry

Gord Henry

Olympic rower. Entrepreneur. Husband. Father. Now, add “cowboy” to Gord Henry’s resume, a term affectionately coined by London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) physician Dr. Ian Chin-Yee.

Gord’s journey with LHSC began in February of 2013. He drove himself to the emergency room one night after pain and illness made sleeping impossible. The staff took x-rays of his chest, revealing three sources of Gord’s pain: pneumonia, a partially collapsed lung…

Sharon Doward

Sharon Doward

Sharon Doward was enjoying a holiday with her husband when she began feeling back pain that hit her hard and fast. Within a few months, the pain was so intense that she could barely eat, sleep or walk.

She had to take a leave from her job and found herself isolated at home; no longer able to do what she loved most – walking her dog. Her active life had come to a sudden halt. 

An MRI performed at London Health Sciences Centre revealed a cyst on Sharon’s spine that required surgery. When Sharon met with Dr. Parham Rasoulinejad, who would be performing the surgery,…

Jessica Drummond


Although invisible from the outside, Jessica Drummond always carries with her a memento from LHSC – four titanium clips that were surgically affixed to repair her skull after a terrible accident.

Jessica, a newcomer to Listowel, Ontario, was walking to the local community garden when a truck hit her. Her skull was severely fractured.

“She was in an ambulance being rushed to London, and I was terrified,” says her husband Jason. “We’d only been married for 10 months. I couldn’t lose her.”

Brain surgery was required to save Jessica’s life. “I could sense the…

Laura Briscoe

Laura Briscoe always imagined that her parents would be there on her wedding day, but when her mother was diagnosed with liver cancer, that dream was no longer a certainty.

“Innovation in health care is important to our family and from our perspective because it saves lives.”
-- Laura Briscoe

David Renwick

David’s journey with anxiety and depression had begun two years earlier, triggered by significant work stress. He became harder and harder on himself. His relentless anxiety led to difficulty sleeping and unhealthy weight loss, a colleague suggested that he visit his doctor.

“Eventually all I could get was two hours of sleep. I was having panic attacks in the middle of the night,” says David. “I experienced some very dark thoughts.”

He needed to take a leave from work. With the support of his employer and the care and concern of his wife Jane and the rest of his family,…

Kelly Tranquilli

Kelly Tranquilli found the lump in her breast on Christmas Day in 2004 and after a grim diagnosis, it was her son who welcomed his mother back in a very special way.

"If we all work together, that is how innovation comes to be, and that benefits all of us."
-- Kelly Tranquilli

Gino Ianni

What began as a regular workday for millwright Gino Ianni suddenly became the worst day of his life. A portion of the 1,200-pound piece of equipment he was installing fell over, crushing his leg. Within minutes, he was in an ambulance on his way to LHSC.

“I was in a lot of pain. I thought I just had a broken leg,” he says. “I didn’t know how serious it was until the resident said, ‘Your injury is beyond me. You need my boss and we’re pulling him out of surgery.’ Then I was scared.”

Dr. Abdel-Rahman Lawendy performed an emergency procedure to save Gino’s leg. The muscles had…

Nick Paparella

Nick Paparella feared that his active life was behind him after being diagnosed with a heart condition, but Cardiac Care team at LHSC got him back up and running.

"London Health Sciences Centre...they’re truly helping out people and they are making a difference and changing lives for the better."
-- Nick Paparella

Mindy Williamson

When Mindy Williamson was first diagnosed with uterine fibroids more than 20 years ago, she had no idea what they were or the toll they would take on her life.


“It has made my life so much better."
-- Mindy Williamson


Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths was told that his coronary arteries were 90 per cent blocked, and that he was a walking time bomb for a heart attack – and it was his LHSC colleagues who saved his life.

Can you imagine depending on your co-workers to save your life? This is exactly what happened to operating room nurse Paul Griffiths.

Paul, who accepted his first job at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in 1975 and even met his wife Donna there, was an RN in his 50s when he started getting sick to his stomach each morning. This came as a surprise, since Paul seemed to be in good health…


Tammy Ross

Coming to terms with breast cancer was just the first step for Tammy Ross and her husband, as Tammy still had to tell her children, including her eldest daughter, 11-year-old Gabrielle.

In early September, Tammy Ross - a mother of four from London - was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common form of breast cancer. Coming to terms with the diagnosis herself and with her husband was only the first step, as Tammy still had to tell her children, including her eldest daughter, 11-year-old Gabrielle.

"We explained to Gabby that mommy has breast cancer and will…

Kathy Poirier

Kathy Poirier learned very quickly that there are people in life who will catch you when you fall. One moment she was living her normal life in Dresden, Ontario, working and spending time with her family; the next, at age 43, she was diagnosed with a rare form of head and neck cancer called adenoid cystic carcinoma.

There are treatments to slow the progression of this cancer, but there is no cure.

Love and support came from many different places – from her mom, husband, kids and close friends and from new friends she made online. Kathy was already at stage IV and there was…

Rhonda Scholtz

It’s hard to imagine that getting hit by a truck could be good for your health, but this is exactly what happened to Rhonda Scholtz. A cycling accident in her hometown of Goderich sent her to the local hospital, which led to a surprising discovery - her blood pressure was extremely high, especially for someone as fit and active as this 43-year-old mother of two...

It’s hard to imagine that getting hit by a truck could be good for your health, but this is exactly what happened to Rhonda Scholtz.

A cycling accident in her hometown of Goderich sent her to the local hospital,…