Put long term care ventilation beds in the St. Catharines General Hospital in ON, Canada

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Hello, my name is Nora and I am making this post on behalf of my mother. Her name is name is Colleen and she is 54 years old. In September 2016 she became ill with West Nile Encephalitis. She spent the better part of 3 weeks in a coma and then was paralyzed from the neck down with little movement in her legs and right arm. She spent roughly 3 months in the St Catharines General Hospital then was transferred to Welland where she spent about another 2 or 3 months in level 2 ICU. After that she was transferred to where she still is today.. Woolcott Wing in the Welland Hospital. 40 minutes every day on top of the very expensive costs of parking make it extreamly expensive for anyone let alone low income families who depend on their paychecks to survive. This is the only LTC facility for people on a ventilator. There aren't very many long term care beds for patients in Niagara region. The only choices for families with loved ones for long term care ventilated patients are Welland, ON, Toronto, ON and London, ON. It makes it next to impossible for working families or low incomes families to be with their I'll family members. This HAS to be detrimental to the well being of the patients not being able to have family closer to them. There are only a few weaning programs in Ontario and NONE in Niagara Region. The wait list is so long for the closest one which is in Toronto, ON. That patients are on wait lists for several years with nothing being accomplished. There are parts of the new hospital here in St Catharines that aren't even being utilized. If we could put some beds there for Long Term Ventilator Assisted beds in part of that space I think it would benefit Niagara Region greatly. It would help families be closer to their sick loved ones. Please sign this petition for Doug Ford to put some of the promised LTC beds in the Niagara Region. Hopefully some in St Catharines



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