Rick Sterzer’s Story: The Fight of His Life

Retired Winnipeg firefighter Rick Sterzer spent nearly five weeks at St. Boniface Hospital as a COVID-19 patient.

Though a first responder himself, Sterzer said his hospital stay has taken his appreciation for front-line staff to a new level.

“Being a patient opened my eyes to see what kind of person you have to be in these roles. The compassion they have is something you cannot teach.”

“I will never see them again in the same way.”

Meet Brady: The 2020 Champion Child

The Champions program is part of the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) and honours remarkable children who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges. In 2020, Brady represents Manitoba as an ambassador for the 130,000 children who need the Children’s Hospital- HSC every year. Brady shares his story at events throughout Manitoba as well as meets with other Champion Children from across North America. His story showcases what an amazing hospital and research institute we have here in Manitoba, as well as helps in fundraising to support other sick and injured children.

More about Brady

At 5 months old, Brady’s parents noticed unusual spots on his body. He was seen by a dermatologist who diagnosed the little boy with Type 1 Neurofibromatosis – a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. These tumors can develop anywhere in the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and nerves.

Rick St. Croix’s Story: A Huge Save

In hockey, if a goaltender has good form, the saves follow. It is equally true when it comes to saving a life. Just ask Rick St. Croix.

One early morning last December, the developmental goaltending coach for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose suffered a heart attack and collapsed at the airport while set to travel with the team on a road trip. It was the “widowmaker”, a 100 per cent blockage of the LAD (left anterior descending) artery. A widowmaker heart attack can stop the heart very fast and that is exactly what happened to St. Croix.

VIDEO: Bryan Little Receives All-Star Care at HSC, St. Boniface

When he was hit in the head by a slapshot in November, 2019, Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little required “attention immediately” from the health care teams at St. Boniface Hospital and Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg.

“It was kind of a complicated injury,” says Little, who suffered a perforated ear drum and a brain bleed from the incident, in a game against the New Jersey Devils in the Manitoba capital. “The care from top-to-bottom was unbelievable.”

“(I) went to St. Boniface. They patched up my ear, gave me stitches. And then I went right to HSC.”

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