George – Chatham

Hello, my name is George, a long-time Chatham and former Sergeant in the Chatham-Kent Police Service. When I retired from the force in 2017, I looked forward to decades of health and happiness with my wife Darlene at my side. Life had other plans.

In January of 2020, I was rushed by ambulance to Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) Chatham site. I had developed a blood clot that seriously affected my colon, kidneys, and liver. While I don’t remember what happened in the days that followed, Darlene explained to me later:

I was fighting for my life.

Before this experience, I had never spent a night in the hospital. Now here I was, spending three straight months at CKHA, splitting time between the Wallaceburg and Chatham sites.

We are so fortunate to have well-equipped hospitals only minutes from home. Thanks to the life-saving equipment at CKHA, along with talented and compassionate staff to deliver care, they were able to surgically remove the blockage, heal my wound, and restore function to my vital organs.

Because of the amazing care provided at CKHA, I was able to go home.