For Debbie Neville, telling her side of the organ and tissue donation story isn’t easy.
“Where do I start?” she says with a nervous shake in her voice. Her story actually starts 27 years ago in an emergency department.
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the IWK Health Centre are currently in the process of contacting patients about a potential but very low risk of infection related to heart surgeries that have been completed in this province over the past four years.
Recently, you may have heard about issues with a device commonly used in open heart surgeries in Canada, the US and Europe. This device, which is used to heat and cool blood during surgery, has been linked to a rare infection caused by a type of bacteria called Mycobacterium Chimaera.