WINNIPEG – “It was one of those times where in a single moment, things change forever.”
Dave Angus had just finished 17 years with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce last summer. He took a celebratory trip to London with his wife.
But when he got home, he had a nagging headache. He doesn’t usually get headaches. He made an appointment to see his doctor later that week.
The morning of his check-up, he realized things were much more serious.
“I woke up that morning and I had this extremely sharp, excruciating pain in the back of my head. I started getting the shakes. I really thought that was it,” he said.
Angus was rushed to the hospital by ambulance and had an MRI. The emergency room doctor told him he didn’t think it was anything serious.
“He thought well, it probably won’t come back showing anything. We’ll probably just send you home. It came back and they saw it was a brain hemorrhage. He had to sit down, he said ‘you’re very lucky. Most people don’t survive this”.
The doctor sent him to Health Sciences Centre, where Angus went through more tests, including an angiogram.
He had brain surgery the next day. Angus said the three-and-a-half hour surgery is mostly just navigating in and out of the brain. The actual procedure only takes about two or three minutes.
“Dr. (Joseph) Silvaggio is my hero. The surgical team at Health Sciences who are world class with world class equipment really made me feel confident that I was in great hands.”
The four-day hospital recovery was difficult – Angus said he had excruciating headaches. But despite the pain, he said it was the best part of his HSC experience.
“They had this great setup where it’s eight beds in a circle with the nursing station in the middle. I’ll always remember my nurse Cora. She was phenomenal. Really looked after me. But it was like a community. You get to know the people. You get to know their stories and it’s like you’re not going through it alone,” he said.
Today, Angus is feeling great. And thankful.
“They saved my life and I’m forever grateful. We should all be very grateful that we all have such great people here at the Health Sciences Centre to look after us. There’s high-level equipment and research required. But always keep in mind that we’re supporting the people and they deserve our support. They really just want to look after you and they did a phenomenal job with me. I’m a really, really lucky guy.”
HSC Foundation Bringing Hope to Life Radiothon, presented by Maric Homes, is on 680 CJOB on Feb. 3 between 6 am and 6 pm. You can donate by calling 204-515-5616 or go to www.hopetolife.ca.
Angus now works for the Johnston Group, who will be matching donations to the radiothon.
(Video by Corus Entertainment’s Lauren Robb)