AJ Gillis

AJ Gillis of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia was born with a congenital condition that his parents knew would require surgery at birth. But when he was only hours old, his heart began to fail and the IWK’s critical care teams worked quickly to save his life. Let’s meet this strong and determined little baby.

Wacth AJ's story.



Life-saving care

AJ was only hours old when his heart started to fail.

Born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), AJ’s stomach and bowels were pushed up into his lungs and his heart was displaced.

He immediately needed a breathing tube and a ventilator to help him breathe and was rushed to the IWK’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Parents, Joe and Amy, stood nearby and watched 19 members of AJ’s care team including doctors, surgeons, nurses and many others work diligently to save his life.

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Donors helped purchase the ventilator that helped AJ breathe and the anesthesia machines used during his surgery.

After two months in PICU and another seven weeks as an inpatient, AJ is at home and doing great! But there are still so many other patients, like AJ, who need your support.

Your gift today will directly support patient care and help critically ill patients. You’ll help purchase specialized equipment, fund leading-edge research and redevelop care facilities at the IWK so children, like little AJ, get the best life-saving care and nothing less.

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