​YOUR STORIES

Patient stories tell the powerful story of our hospital. They inspire us to continue to work towards improving the quality of care at Richmond Hospital.

Sharing your story with us is a great way to recognize our amazing team of health professionals at Richmond Hospital as well as help us raise awareness and funds.

Do you have a compelling story to tell about your experience at Richmond Hospital, the medical professionals who cared for you or a loved one, or an experience with our community health programs and services? We want to hear from you!

 




​Brian Keobke

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My name is Brian. For the past 25 years, I have worked at Xibita, a Richmond-based company that produces large scale displays and graphic designs. Aside from work, I believe focusing on health is very important, especially as we all get older. That’s why, a few years ago, I decided to adopt a more active lifestyle by swimming and exercising 3-4 times a week. I was feeling better than I had in years.

Even when my wife was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, I did my best to be healthy. In May 2016, my wife lost her battle with cancer but determined to remain strong for my three children and five grandchildren, I stayed the active course. Life was moving forward as best as it could without my beloved wife of 26 years, until in January of 2017, when an unexpected medical crisis of my own nearly killed me. I’m writing you this letter because, without Richmond Hospital, I truly might not be here today. During medical emergencies, having quality health care nearby can be the difference between life and death. And I am living proof of that.


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​Bill McNulty


My name is Bill McNulty. You may know me best as Richmond’s City Councillor, serving since 1993—but today, I write to you simply as Bill, your neighbour in this beautiful city. Early on, I decided along with my Rotary club, that Richmond Hospital was the number one facility we wanted to support, because this is something we all may need at some point in our lives. In fact, just 2 years ago, I myself needed Richmond Hospital. After a routine check-up, my doctor noticed an abnormal result from my urinalysis. I needed to have a procedure to rule out bladder cancer, and was sent to one of Richmond Hospital's top specialists.

When I first got the call from my doctor, I was surprised. I have been healthy and active all my life. As a rule, I try not to worry before I know I have something to worry about. But in the back of my mind, I couldn't help thinking, it's often cancers that go unnoticed that end up being the silent killers. My doctor referred me to Dr. Reza Hamidizadeh, one of Richmond Hospital’s highly skilled urologists.


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2018 Spring DM - Bill McNulty

 




Mel Goodwin


My name’s Mel Goodwin and without the expert care at Richmond Hospital, I could have lost both my feet. I am incredibly grateful to be up and walking, and that’s why I want to share my story with you today. I’ve lived in Richmond since 1952, and spent my lifetime working as an electrical  contractor, consultant and project manager worldwide. All of those years wearing steel-toe boots and working in the industry definitely took a toll on my feet. I didn’t realize how bad it had gotten until I had an incident that brought me to Richmond Hospital Emergency two years ago.

I was working long hours on a mining site in Labrador, Newfoundland. The lining in my boots had worn through and one of the toes on my right foot was bleeding. It didn’t look too bad so I just put a bandage on it. After working for 10 hours the next day, my toe was very swollen and had turned yellow. Strangely, I hadn’t felt any pain. The first aid attendant at work told me I had to go home as soon as possible. When I got home, my wife Barbara took me straight to Emergency at Richmond Hospital.

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2017 Winter DM - Mel Goodwin

"​The infection had gotten bad very quickly - but the doctor's quick action saved me."

 




Don Taylor


Don Taylor

"Despite my fears, I knew I was in the hands
of an expert and it would be okay."

My name is Don Taylor. I’ve been a proud Richmond resident since 1991. I have a loving wife and two amazing daughters. After 28 years working in the insurance business, retirement has been a rich time of focusing on personal health and deepening my ties to the community, especially refereeing local soccer games. In everything I do, I like to keep a positive attitude and add some humor in the world, because I believe laughter is the best medicine.

Recently, I faced a serious medical situation. After receiving a series of blood tests, I was sent in for a biopsy, which confirmed that there were dangerous abnormal cells present. I was shaken. The thought crossed my mind—am I going to have to write my obituary?

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Juliana's Dad


My name is Juliana. In 1992, my parents moved our family to Richmond from Hong Kong, seeking a brighter future. Growing up, my dad, Charles, was my hero. Throughout his career as a physiotherapist, he demonstrated strength and professionalism balanced with kindness and humour. He was someone people could lean on for support.

That’s why our family was completely shocked when my dad found out he had cancer. After some medical imaging and tests, they found a large tumour on his lungs. A biopsy revealed the official diagnosis—it was stage IV lung cancer, the most advanced stage of cancer. The news was impossible to take in. I was devastated. I couldn’t imagine life without my hero.

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Juliana Dad 2

"​The doctors were ready to fight
for my dad's life.​"

 





Lynn Walters

Lynn Walters
Lynn Walters, a loyal supporter of Richmond Hospital Foundation, is grateful of the care she received from Dr. Matthew Kwok and his team when her back was injured and was rushed to the Emergency at Richmond Hospital. Since then, Lynn has been running marathons during her leisure time and is actively involved within the community.  Read more.

Andrew Robb

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Andrew Robb, who had Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 24 required surgery and treatment at Richmond Hospital.  Andrew successfully beat cancer and is grateful for the surgical care he received from Dr. Sharadh Sampath as well as the cancer treatments he received from Dr. John Yun and team. Read more.

Andrew & Lucy Wong

Andrew & Lucy Wong
Andrew Wong, who, with wife Lucy is a long-time donor and volunteer. Andrew had experienced great care at Richmond Hospital’s Emergency Department following a severe fall in a parking lot where he lost consciousness and hit his head in a parking lot. A friend brought him to Richmond Hospital where the medical team performed a series of diagnostic tests to rule out serious cause such as poor heart function or stroke.  Read more.


​Harold Steves

Harold Steves

Councilor Harold Steves who has served on Richmond City Council since 1977.  From 1973-1975 he served one term as an M.L.A. in the Provincial Legislature and is one of the founders of the Agricultural Land Reserve.  Harold operates a family farm and raises cattle in Steveston with his wife. He was once kicked by a cow on the farm and was sent to Richmond Hospital immediately where he received life-saving care that he is grateful for.  Read more.

Herbert Lee

Herbert Lee

Herbert Lee, owner and managing director of LTA Holidays who received surgical care twice at Richmond Hospital.  In 2013, Herbert’s mom was first rushed to Emergency due to injury to her leg.  Two days later, his father was admitted to the hospital due to kidney failure.  Herbert is very grateful for the compassionate care the nurses and doctors gave to his parents, especially the warmth and comfort they gave to his father before he passed away after staying in the hospital for 21 days.  Read more.

John Yap, MLA Richmond-Steveston

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John Yap, MLA Richmond-Steveston was diagnosed with a blocked artery condition by Dr. Jakubowski, one of Richmond Hospital's cardiologists.  After having his surgery completed, John participated in Richmond Hospital's Healthy Heart Program for his rehabilitation.  He was impressed with how much care and effort each member put into the program where he was able to gain strength to change his lifestyle and a new outlook on life.  Read more.


Iris Wang

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Iris Wang, mother of Ryan Wang who was featured playing piano on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at the age of 5, shares her story of how Richmond Hospital helped her through a frightening experience when she was eight months pregnant with Ryan's little brother, Michael.  Read More

Joe Mitchell

Joe Mitchell
Joe Mitchell, Chairman at Carter Auto Family GM, has lived in Richmond for more than 75 years.  In 2000, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was in a lot of pain.  He looked into Richmond Hospital because it was located right in his community.  Read More

Dr. Marty Fishman

Dr Marty Fishman
Dr. Marty Fishman, Gastroenterologist at Richmond Hospital work closely with his colleague, Dr. Victor Wong, to make sure Richmond residents have the very best care possible.  Colorectal screening is vital. In the procedures they perform, they detect and remove cancer-forming polyps in up to 50% of those patients they screen.  Read More to find out one of this patient, Corinne O'Connell's journey.


Christine Brodie story
Christine Brodie
Many may know Christine Brodie through her career as an educator, her work with youth at risk in Richmond School District or her husband, Mayor Malcolm Brodie. In 2013 she was rushed into the Emergency Department with severe abdominal pain. Diagnosed with a sudden gallbladder attack, Dr. Bruce Allardyce and his team immediately performed surgery on her. Christine says she is grateful for the care she has received from Richmond Hospital. Read more.

Kin Kau Cheng
Kin Kau Cheng 
Kin Kau Cheng who was diagnosed with cancer four years ago. He received a surgery from Dr. Sharadh Sampath to treat his colon cancer.  When cancer has spread to his liver and then to his lungs, he receives treatments and excellent care from Dr. John Yun. Mr. Cheng’s daughter Rea Ho and son-in-law Sunny Ho who owns Kam Do Bakery, a well-known Chinese bakery locally, are grateful of the care Richmond Hospital has provided to Mr. Cheng. Read more

Ranajana
​Ranjana
When Ranjana was only 26 weeks pregnant, she experienced abdominal pains and was rushed to Emergency Department at Richmond Hospital.  When the baby's heart rate dropped immediately, immediate surgery was necessary to save the baby's life and this situation was a medical emergency called the Code Pink.  Read More

When Ranjana was only 26 weeks pregnant, she experienced abdominal pains and was rushed to Emergency Department at Richmond Hospital.  When the baby's heart rate dropped immediately, immediate surgery was necessary to save the baby's life and this situation was a medical emergency called the Code Pink.  Read more to learn more about their journey.

When Ranjana was only 26 weeks pregnant, she experienced abdominal pains and was rushed to Emergency Department at Richmond Hospital.  When the baby's heart rate dropped immediately, immediate surgery was necessary to save the baby's life and this situation was a medical emergency called the Code Pink.  Read more to learn more about their journey.


Wing Cheung
​Wing Cheung
Wing's siutuation was serious and life-threatening, and if the Emergency Department team and surgeons hadn't acted as quickly as they did, he could easily have died that day. Read More

Sandy Mooney
Sandra Mooney
When Sandy Mooney started losing weight and felt pain in her abdomen, her family doctor told her to go to emergency at Richmond Hospital immediately. “Without Richmond Hospital’s emergency department so close to home, Sandy probably wouldn’t be with us anymore.” – Hugh Mooney, Sandy’s husband. Read More 

Kwong-Sun Lui

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Kwong-Sun Lui was diagnosed with cancer in his lymph nodes and was told he has two more years to live. But that was four years ago. “Dr. Yun, and the wonderful people at Richmond Hospital gave me new hope and a new life.”, Kwong-Sun said.  This year, he is looking forward to celebrate the New Year with his family in particular with his beautiful granddaughter where they can do water paintings together in his studio.  Read More


Kwong-Sun Lui's story

Kwong-Sun Lui was diagnosed with cancer in his lymph nodes and was told he has two more years to live. But that was four years ago. “Dr. Yun, and the wonderful people at Richmond Hospital gave me new hope and a new life.”, Kwong-Sun said.  This year, he is looking forward to celebrate the New Year with his family in particular with his beautiful granddaughter where they can do water paintings together in his studio.

Kwong-Sun Lui's story

Kwong-Sun Lui was diagnosed with cancer in his lymph nodes and was told he has two more years to live. But that was four years ago. “Dr. Yun, and the wonderful people at Richmond Hospital gave me new hope and a new life.”, Kwong-Sun said.  This year, he is looking forward to celebrate the New Year with his family in particular with his beautiful granddaughter where they can do water paintings together in his studio.


Patti Dean

​Patti Dean
Patti Dean was worried when she first found out that her mother, May Peters, had been diagnosed with lung cancer.  Dr. Yun and the Richmond Hospital’s staff helped ease Patti’s worries and provided excellent care to May throughout her journey. In this season of giving, Patti shares her feelings of gratitude and hopes others will give back to the hospital that supported her mother.  Read More


John Roberts

​John Roberts
After visiting Richmond Hospital's Emergency Department due to a pain in his abdomen, John discovered he had a tumour in his kidney. But Richmond Hospital and its surgical team were able to help John become healthy and active again. Click here to watch the video of his journey through Richmond Hosiptal.

John's story was the feature of our 15th Annual Starlight Gala.


Jean Rouday

​Jean Rouday
Jean had cancer and needed surgery to remove a 4.5 cm tumour in her stomach. She didn't know where to turn, until her family doctor recommended Richmond Hospital's Dr. Sharadh Sampath.  Read More


Vivian Chan

Vivian Chan
When Vivian's grandfather suffered a great fall and could no longer walk, Vivian's family didn't want to separate her grandparents, who have been together for 68 years. Richmond Hospital's staff introduced them to the Home First program, and he's now in the best place possible —his own home with his spouse. Read More

*This story is being used with permission; however, names have been changed to protect patients' privacy.

Akber Dhanjee

Akber Dhanjee
Akber’s story was the feature of our 14th Annual Starlight Gala, inspiring many of our attendees. Click here to watch the video of his journey through Richmond Hospital as a stroke patient.


Carol Brown

Carol Brown
One of our donors has decided to share why Richmond Hospital holds a special place in her heart during the winter holiday season—she’s had to spend part of it here on more than one occasion.  Read More

*This story is being used with permission; however, names have been changed to protect patients' privacy.

Joyce Branscombe

​Joyce Branscombe
Joyce had pain in her right side for a few days, so her hubsand took her to Richmond Hospital. Little did she know, she would need major surgery and spend days in the ICU.  Read More


Dominic Chung

​Dominic Chung
Dominic was devastated when he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. But when he faced the challenge, he was surprised to learn he could seek cancer treatment right here, in his home community.  Read More



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