She died unexpectedly on a warm spring morning. It was the first time we had ever heard the term 'medical harm'.
Our 17-year old daughter, Jess, is more than a medical error statistic, much more. She is the catalyst behind our push for reduced medical error rates. Through this work we honour, not only her death, but her life as well. Love you, Jess!
Sometimes, we still find it hard to believe that Jess’ story, our story, could really have happened. There seemed to be so many obstacles to wellness on her journey through healthcare. And sadly, she is not alone in her experience; tens of thousands of people die every year from medical harm, and many more are injured, and most Canadians don’t even know this is happening! And that’s why it’s important, even critical, that you not let her story end without honouring her by doing something. Just think, Jess’ story cannot be rewritten, but we can write the stories of those who, at this very moment, are walking their own unsafe journey through healthcare. With your help, we can do this, we can make healthcare safer for all of us.
Standing together we will save lives. Let's do it for Jess, let's do it for all those who went before her, and perhaps most importantly, let's do it for all those who are destined to walk her fateful journey tomorrow.