Help Fund Urgently Needed Bronchoscopes
for Langley Hospital
Langley Hospital currently needs to acquire four new bronchoscopes to replace devices that are at the end of their lives. A bronchoscope allows the medical team to see a patient’s airway on a video screen, and each costs $36,300.
For a limited time, your donation will be instantly doubled (up to $50,000) with all funds going directly towards the purchase of bronchoscopes. That means your donation will have twice the impact and help ensure patients will continue to receive the life-changing care they need.
A persistent cough had bothered Dunja McCrae for months. A CT scan showed a large mass in her lungs. Dunja couldn’t have been more nervous. On the day of her bronchoscopy – a medical exam on the lungs and airways – Dunja wondered, as many patients would: What if it was cancer?
As a respirologist at Langley Memorial Hospital, Dr. Rita Wittmann sees that a lot in her patients. Most people come to her when they’re struggling with breathing problems, a persistent cough, or a lingering lung infection. They may need treatment for scarred lung tissue or a blockage that other, less advanced scans can’t detect. They may be suffering from the effects of a COVID-19 infection.
Dr. Wittmann’s team is seeing more and more patients with lung issues that have intensified over the last two years. “During the pandemic, many who suffered from lung problems were too cautious to visit the hospital,” says Dr. Wittmann. “Now their symptoms are worse.”
Dunja’s story shows just how important it is for the respirology team to have bronchoscopes on hand. The hospital was able to diagnose Dunja with Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA). It’s a reaction to aspergillus, or mould in the lungs, which caused a partial collapse of her lung. After rounds of medication, she’s feeling healthier than ever.