Paul Fontaine’s cardiologist said that to him the morning after Fontaine had his pacemaker put in at St. Boniface Hospital to steady his heartbeat. Those words answered any questions he had. 

“They still echo in his mind to this day,” said Fontaine. “I will get to see my children, Emmett and Elena, grow up.” 

Fontaine came close to death one week before his 33rd birthday. His wife, Shay, was eight months pregnant with Elena at the time. 

He has a rare inflammatory condition called cardiac sarcoidosis, which can cause clusters like scar tissue to form in his lungs and heart. 

They rushed to St. Boniface, where Fontaine had a pacemaker put in. He credits his nurses for keeping his spirits up while he was in the Hospital. 

On June 7, 2021, Fontaine was at work. It was the end of the day. He started to feel as if he had tunnel vision, or his eyes were struggling to focus. 

His partner picked him up. Fortunately for Fontaine, the couple had to pick up their son, Emmett, at Shay’s parents’ house.  

Her mom, a former nurse, took one look at him and said, “You need to sit down, Paul.” She took his pulse; it was 34 beats per minute – dangerously low. 

In the Emergency Department, they moved him to an isolation room, set up all the IVs and machines, and hooked him up. Then they put in the temporary defibrillator, inserted through an incision in his neck. It would stay there for 24 hours. 

His nurse, Stu, made the process more comfortable for him. “I tend to think I’m a positive person, so I tried to keep joking around and trying to laugh. Stu joined in, making jokes to help me feel better and put me at ease,” said Fontaine. 

Fontaine’s health-care team told him that had he gone home after work, he would not have woken up the next morning. He would have gone into cardiac arrest, or he would have had a stroke. 

Today, “life is awesome,” says Fontaine. “I get to spend as much time as I can with my family. That is what I was put on this earth to do. I’ve always considered myself a family man, and I get to live that through now.” 


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Patti LeBlanc, of Winnipeg, didn’t think lifting a crockpot would send her into an ambulance. But on December 22, 2015, that’s just what happened.  

LeBlanc, 49, was loading her car for a church potluck when she was hit with alarming sensations. She felt like an elephant was sitting on her chest, her chin was sore, and she had pain in her jaw. Suddenly, her left arm started tingling.  

“I started thinking the worst. I didn’t know the signs of a heart attack,” said LeBlanc. “At my age, why would I?” 

A runner training for an ultra marathon, LeBlanc didn’t fit the typical heart attack profile. Still, knowing something was wrong, she told her husband to call 911.  

The ambulance arrived within minutes. Paramedics immediately did an ECG to see the rhythms of her heart and confirm if she was in danger. Both the ECG and the on-call cardiologist at St. Boniface Hospital confirmed she was having a heart attack, and she was rushed to St. B’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab.  

Reflecting on her experience, LeBlanc remembers how quickly and seamlessly everything happened. Her care team was ready, scrubbed in, and waiting for her the moment she arrived by ambulance.  

LeBlanc was diagnosed with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), which had caused two tears that led to her heart attack. SCAD survivors, mostly women, are at special risk for future cardiac events and complications, which means recovery is unique and complex. LeBlanc saw this unique care first-hand during her recovery at St. Boniface Hospital. “The care was so tailored to me as an individual. I felt like I had autonomy and the ability to do things for myself.”  

“I was told as a SCAD survivor to take everything slowly, and to breathe,” said LeBlanc. She knows how close she came to death.  

Today, she cherishes every moment. And she thanks her care team for making sure she would be here to enjoy them. “Because they saved my life, I was able to celebrate my granddaughter’s first birthday. I was able to get back to running and doing what I love.”   


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Dr. Harold Peters has worked as a physician in the Emergency Department at St. B since 2017. “The first impressions of most patients and their family members are set in their experiences in our Emergency Department,” he said.  

“That shapes their experience of illness throughout their entire stay.” 

The populations the Emergency Department serves in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario are growing. People are generally living longer, notes Peters. “So, disease is getting more complicated. The needs of the health-care system have been increasing significantly,” he said.   

Time and other factors, however, have put pressure on the department. The Hospital’s current Emergency Department was built in 1955 and has operated with minimal updates for almost 70 years. 

“I can tell you our current infrastructure is overloaded. The building itself is relatively old, and that makes it difficult for us to manage increasingly complex issues with patients,” Peters continued. Moving patients from the Emergency Department throughout the Hospital for diagnostics or treatment has become more difficult, owing to the aging facility, he added. 

The major Emergency redevelopment currently underway at the Hospital will result in a modern space where Peters says he and his colleagues will be able to better offer compassionate, high-quality, advanced resuscitation and critical care to patients.  

For example, when St. B’s new Emergency Department opens in 2025, it will have a CT scanner and diagnostic imaging machines that are connected to the main resuscitation area. To Peters, that means the same patient can be scanned “literally by going through a doorway and then coming right back,” he said. 

That will make all the difference with someone who is critically sick.  


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Baby Annie Burtnyk “was teeny tiny” when she was born premature at 28 weeks weighing just 1 pound ten ounces. 

Annie’s stay in the NICU lasted 88 days. Mom Kelly Burtnyk and her husband Corey couldn’t always be with their baby girl back in December of 2021. vCreate Diaries, a secure video app that allows neonatal staff to record and upload video clips and photos, was a big help to the family. 

“It was a long time, and even though we were there every day it was so hard to leave because we couldn’t stay with her overnight,” Burtnyk said. 

Thanks to vCreate Diaries Burtnyk was able to go home and get the sleep she needed knowing her baby was in good hands. 

“It was really nice to get those photos and reassurances from the nurses during the night, reminders that our baby is okay even though she couldn’t be home with us.” 

She said her favourite photo was the one she received that first Christmas after giving birth. 

“We were at home and when we woke up we saw that we had photos of Annie that the nurses had taken in front of a Christmas back drop,” said Burtynky. 

“It was special because it was one of the first times we had seen her whole face, because she was intubated for a while, on CPAP to keep her breathing, so we had never really seen her without any tubes covering her little face.” 

“They took the picture quickly without the CPAP mask and that was the best vCreate moment for us, the nurses were just wonderful.” 

The service has been a huge success thanks to funding by the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. More than 200 families like the Burtnyks have benefited since vCreate Diaries launched in December of 2021. 

Annie is now a busy and thriving toddler. 

“She’s fantastic, she’s still tiny but healthy has a big personality,” said Burtynk with a laugh. 


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