Manitoba Survivor Stories
Too busy to see the signs
Yvonne Baert had a busy and stressful life, but had no reason to think she could be at risk for a heart attack.
A poem written by Manitoba author and stroke survivor Wanda Ryder
Paediatric Stroke Shocks Winnipeg Family
It took a nurse's pair of keen, knowledgeable eyes to recognize that Chris and Chelsea Bohemier's newborn son Alex, was having seizures.
Surviving and living with multiple stroke syndrome
According to Brooks Hamilton, there are only ten people in Manitoba who knows what it's like to live with CADASIL, otherwise known as multiple stroke syndrome.
26-year-old learns heart failure can happen at any age
Not many people can say they have a brand new heart. But 26-year-old Samantha Pearson can.
Stroke can strike at any age
Active and fun-loving, Rylie Basaraba was only 11 years old when she experienced her first stroke.
30-Day Challenge prompts lasting change
Using the Heart and Stroke Foundation's <30 Days iPhone/iPod app, Vicki Olatundun is now on the path to a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Winnipeg woman learns The Heart Truth and teaches others
For most of her childhood and into adulthood, Valarie Thompson of Winnipeg lived in fear of blacking out and collapsing at any moment.
Pine Falls woman gets wake up call of her life
It can happen to anyone. That’s what Lori Robb, a wife and mother of two grown children has learned after suffering a near-fatal heart attack at the age of 48.
A tale from the heart for Valentine's day
It was early morning on Valentine's Day, 2006. Sandy Thompson was visiting a friend when she was hit with a wave of nausea.
Steinbach teen given second chance at life after collapse
Madison Godwaldt was only 14 when she suddenly collapsed in her family's kitchen.
Clot-busting drug tPA saves life of Brandon woman
At age 47, no one thought Nancy Lytle could be at risk for stroke, especially not her.
A reason to celebrate
Every year, on June 6, Janell Melenchuk of Winnipeg invites friends and family over to celebrate the day she was given a second chance at life.
A lesson learned the heart way
They say lightning never strikes twice, but a heart attack definitely can. That's a lesson Miles Jones learned way too early.
Gone too soon
Colin Hocking was a soccer convener and coach, actively involved in his community of St. Norbert and well-liked by all who knew him.
Intercepted by stroke
Before his stroke, Bill Gordon was a very active member of the community.
Winnipeg woman recognizes stroke warning signs and saves her life
Rita Serbin first experienced feelings of extreme dizziness, nausea, and irregular heartbeat on March 19, 2010.
A Life Saving Partnership
Nine Manitoba Lotteries’ casino Security Officers were recently awarded certificates of recognition by HSFM for applying their life-saving resuscitation to three casino guests in 2010.
The Heart of a Child
Raquel Gonzalez of Winnipeg is only five, but she has had to endure enough hospital visits, needle-pokes and surgeries to understand she has "a special heart".
Heart attack motivates Winnipeg man to lose 101 pounds
For Paul Slywka, it took a massive heart attack to turn his life around.
Hereoes aren't born, they're trained: a Winnipeg youth saves dad’s life with CPR
Dennis Clarkson is alive today because his son knew CPR when he needed it most.
Former paramedic's life saved with CPR
Garry Frankel is lucky to be alive. At age 56, the former Winnipeg paramedic was travelling to Fridley, Minnesota in July, 2009 with his wife when he had a sudden cardiac arrest.
Two Hearts, One Family: The Ray and Atli Story
Heart disease impacts people of all ages and spans across generations. Nobody knows that better than Ray Johnson and his three-year-old grandson, Atli, of Portage la Prairie.
CPR Instructor becomes family hero using life-saving skills
Sharon Hadder teaches CPR, but she never thought she would have to use it on someone she loves.
Brandon survivor volunteers to support cardiovascular research
Duncan Brown of Brandon was out walking his miniature schnauzer one November afternoon when he began to feel pain in his elbows.
Young woman expecting, but not expecting stroke
Nancy Cavey was 34-years-old and 11 weeks pregnant with her fourth child when she encountered the warning signs of stroke.