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Letter: Join Al Patel's campaign for cath lab at RIH

A city the size of Kamloops, covering the area that it does, should not have to plead with anyone to get its own cath lab
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Editor:

I wonder how many people in the Kamloops area are aware of the incredible role Al Patel has played over the past 10 years in support of Royal Inland Hospital and, more specifically, the cardiology unit.

As a recipient of care I received in the hospital in January 2021, and continuation of support from special cardiac nurses/cardiologists through the VIP program offered to patients who have had heart attacks previously, I can only say I received, and continue to receive, the very best care I could hope to get.

We are blessed to have the expertise we have in cardiology and other units.

We are also blessed to have a man such as Al working tirelessly and passionately to raise funds for our own cath lab here so the trip to Kelowna in the back of an ambulance will be a thing of the past for people already stressed out.

It has to be said that the ambulance crews are fantastic as they do their best to make the journey to and from Kelowna as bearable as possible.

However, that being said, a city the size of Kamloops, covering the area that it does, should not have to plead with anyone to get its own cath lab, which would prevent those trips by ambulance to either Kelowna or Vancouver. 

Kamloops and area residents need to support the campaign Al started 10 years ago, to realize his dream and help so many heart patients in our area. Believe me, you never know when you might need the help.

Donate whatever you can.

Sandi Whitehead

Kamloops