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Community support for Elise Kwan
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Elise Kwan at the Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.
ROBERT THOMAS
Pass Herald Reporter
Graduating high school is a big event in anyone’s life. Sadly for Elise Kwan, this moment is being taken away from her due to persisting health problems.

Elise has struggled with health problems for a number of years. Despite these setbacks, she has tried to stay active and remain vigilant, even while continuing to be hospitalised on a regular basis.

Late in July 2013, Elise was admitted to the Crowsnest Pass Healthcare Centre and was quickly transferred to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. Finally on August 2, 2013 she was transported via air ambulance to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.

There she was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, a serious heart condition. The prognosis was grim. She was the first person ever to have two Ventricular Assistive Devices (VADs) implanted to her heart, the Heartmate II and a Berlin Heart.

After the surgery there were complications with the devices. The doctors told her she would have to relocate to the Edmonton facility, and have the Heartmate II for a year, all while being under close monitoring by the doctors.

After the year, the doctors will decide if Elise will be placed on the transplant list.
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Despite all the overwhelming odds, Elise continues to stay in good spirits. Her family has stayed by her side throughout the struggle.

Heather Hoang, Elise’s sister, says she is smiling and trying her hardest to stay positive.

“As of right now she is still upset about not being able to attend graduation. The doctors and nurses had asked her to set goals, and I think that was the most important one on her list because it was coming up so fast.”

Elise asked pro-skateboarder Ryan Sheckler to be her prom date. In response, Sheckler, recently visited her at the children’s hospital.

“She was very excited to see him,” said Hoang.

Elise’s mom, Vandy, has never been one to ask for help, even though this battle has introduced a severe financial burden on the family.

Susan Poelt and Diana Plaza set up a trust fund for the family, to help with expenses the family is facing while they are with Elise in Edmonton.

Recent clearance has been given to make donations to Scotiabank branches in the region. Donations can be made from Trail, B.C to Medicine Hat up to High River, AB.

If you are not in those areas, you can make a donation to the Blairmore Scotiabank branch at P.O. Box 537, Blairmore AB T0K 0E0.

Please consider watching the video “Elise Kwan, Be The Change” at http://animoto.com/play/nYgX57MO1ozUGpJa98Ne7A .

All donations are greatly appreciated. For more information on donating please contact Diana Plaza at dplaza2010@hotmail.com or Susan Poelt at rspoely@telusplanet.net.
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