Blakley-Mae loves being outside, going to powwow’s, singing dancing and jigging. Thanks to the care and compassion from the Stollery’s team, her family felt empowered to move to Edmonton to be closer to the Stollery.
When Brenna learned she was pregnant with Blakely-Mae, she was thrilled to be starting this next chapter surrounded by friends and family in Lloydminster.
Plans changed when Brenna learned Blakely-Mae would be born with barely enough bowel to survive. With time being of the essence, Blakely-Mae’s parents came to Edmonton two weeks before Brenna’s due date and as soon as Blakely-Mae was born, she was rushed into emergency surgery at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. A surgery her parents were warned she may not survive.
Being in an unfamiliar city with a sick child was overwhelming for Blakely-Mae’s parents. They turned to the Stollery’s Awasisak Indigenous Health Program to help them navigate their unexpected reality.
Eleven surgeries and 619 days later, Blakely-Mae was discharged from the Hospital. She’s followed closely by her Stollery team and returns regularly for appointments and ongoing care.
The Awasisak team helped the family during Blakely-Mae’s time at the Stollery, empowering them to feel comfortable and confident when they made the decision to relocate to Edmonton permanently to be closer to the Stollery.
The donor-funded Awasisak Indigenous Health Program is the only Indigenous pediatric health program in Canada.Read more
Trending: Awasisak Indigenous Health Program
On this month's Trending, Chelsea Bird stops by the Stollery Children's Hospital to learn more about the Awasisak Indigenous Health Program and what makes this one-of-a-kind, Foundation-funded program so important to Indigenous families across Alberta and beyond.Read more