The Duits Family
Kindness in the face of tragedy
In a corner of the MRI waiting room attached to the Donor Wall hangs a plaque "In memory of Fisher Hendrikus Duits." It's a touching reminder of the brief but precious life of baby Fisher, the family that loved and remembers him, and the generosity that flowed from his tragic loss.
"Kale was first, then his twin brother Fisher was born about three minutes later. But from the minute he came out Fisher wasn't even crying. That terrified me, recalls Bonnie. "It was clear something was very wrong."
Both boys were taken to the Special Care Nursery while a specially trained and equipped transport team was summoned from London to rush Fisher to the Children's Hospital. Bonnie's husband Chris went with Fisher while Bonnie remained behind with Kale.
In London, doctors told Chris there was no hope. Chris made the painful decision to allow medical staff to withdraw life support, staying with his son until he passed away in the early morning hours. Celebrating Fisher’s short life and to ensure his memory lives on, working with the Stratford General Hospital Foundation, the Duits along with close friends and family established a Special Care Nursery fund in Fisher's name to help purchase priority equipment
“We knew what an immense difference the Special Care Nursery can make in those situations,” explains Bonnie. “Now, wherever our family goes and whatever happens, we will have that connection to the hospital where Kale and Fisher were born.”
Posted Monday, October 5 2015
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