Chris and Amanda’s Story

In June 2008, Amanda Taylor’s husband, Chris Pointer, was rushed to Royal University Hospital for lifesaving surgery after a motorcycle accident almost took him from her and their 4-year-old son.

Chris has had over fifteen (15) surgeries and spent more than a year at RUH since — that’s a lot, but did you know even the average Canadian has three surgeries in their lifetime?

It’s not a matter of if you or someone you love will need surgery, it’s when.

“You just never know. You don’t expect it to be you. Then reality hits and your whole world turns upside down,” says Amanda, eternally grateful for the care they’ve had at RUH. “Even housekeeping knows us. They ask about our son by name.”

But there’s no privacy. It’s just a curtain between you and the other people waiting to go into surgery. You try not to listen, but your heart breaks when you hear someone get a grim diagnosis. Then you forget the questions you want to ask or you’re embarrassed because everyone can hear.”

Amanda hopes everyone seeing this will donate to RUH Foundation’s Mission Possible: Operation New O.R. Campaign and help raise $20 million to replace RUH’s 43-year-old operating rooms. Not only will you help save lives and reduce wait times by building and equipping new state-of-the-art O.R.s in Saskatchewan’s busiest hospital, you will also help transform RUH’s recovery and waiting areas to give patients and families privacy and comfort when they (and maybe YOU) need it most.

“Being in the hospital for surgery is extremely stressful. The patient might be in and out of consciousness, but, as a loved one, you’re just sitting there waiting and on edge. Anything that can bring you a little bit of peace is something you’ll remember forever,” Amanda continues.

We have full faith in everyone at RUH. We know the miracles they can do. Now let’s make the facilities match their expertise!”

Join the mission to come together to build a world-class centre of surgical excellence at Royal University Hospital!

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To find out more about the Mission Possible: Operation New O.R. Campaign to transform surgical care at Royal University Hospital click here or contact Lisa Sands, Chief Development Officer, at 306.655.6477 or