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“We were terrified, but they were calm”
October 18, 2017

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A seizure can be a frightening thing. Even more so, to the parents of a 4-year-old.
Last March, paramedics rushed little Giovanni Maciel to his community hospital – Etobicoke General – when he suffered a seizure from a blood infection. His mother, Michelle, credits the doctors and nurses at Etobicoke for saving her son’s life.
“Their rapid response, expertise and dedication were critical to his quick recovery,” she says. The Paediatric Care Team made the experience as comfortable as possible – for Giovanni, and the whole family.
“They’re not just supporting your child, they’re supporting your whole family,” says Michelle. “We were in a situation where there’s nothing but fear, but they were very patient, answering questions, and made sure that Giovanni was calm and not in pain.”
Today Giovanni is healthy and full of energy. “In fact, he’s eager to return to Etobicoke General and give the construction workers a hand,” says Michelle.
Etobicoke General, now stretched beyond its original capacity, has embarked on an ambitious expansion and revitalization program that will culminate in a new state-of-the-art, four-storey patient tower opening in 2018. The new wing will require equipment and furnishings. “When I learned that the equipment for the new wing needs to be funded by the community, it really surprised me,” says Michelle.
Given what Etobicoke General did for her son, it should come as no surprise that she and Giovanni participated in Osler Foundation’s Walk ’n Roll Fest for Healthy Kids. She’s also active in the current fundraising drive.
“Supporting the fundraising efforts for this hospital ensures its talented nurses, physicians and practitioners can continue to provide quality health care to meet the needs of our growing community.”

Pictured (l-r): Jaime Neefs, Certified Child Life Specialist, Etobicoke General; Catarina Maciel; Michelle Machado; Eduardo Maciel; Giovanni Maciel; Gabriela Maciel; Amy Kelly, Resource Nurse Paediatrics and Paediatric Clinics, Etobicoke General.