Rachel's story

Dr. Richard Perrin treated a “slipped disc” in Rachel Dang’s back and she was so pleased by the care that she became a donor.

Rachel considered herself a pretty healthy person. She was active – going to the gym three times a week and enjoying a healthy diet. She was never ill and had certainly never been hospitalized in her life. But now she was having a problem with her legs that had came out of nowhere.

Having experienced medical care now, I understand how important it is for St. Michael's to have adequate resources to carry out its mission.

When she was admitted to St. Michael’s, staff neurologist Dr. Jacob Schneiderman discovered that somehow Rachel had injured her back. The result - a disc in her spine had herniated and ruptured. Misleadingly called a "slipped disc,” a spinal disc herniation occurs when there is a tear in the outer ring of a disc that allows the soft, central portion to bulge out.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Perrin operated, removing the damaged portion of the disc and repairing the area. Rachel says that “everyone was wonderful. They made me feel taken care of and reassured me that I would recover.”

Now doing rehab work to help her recovery, Rachel still doesn’t know what triggered the injury. There’s no history of back problems in her family either. But the experience did make her aware of her health and the needs of hospitals. She’s now a donor to St. Michael’s.

“I chose to support St. Michael's for a few reasons. First, I received care that surpassed my expectations. Second, I have never been hospitalized in my entire life. I often heard of services being impacted by the reduction of governmental funding, but I never really understood it. Having experienced medical care now, I understand how important it is for St. Michael’s to have adequate resources to carry out its mission. Third, I remain committed to supporting my local community - most importantly, to ensure the healthcare needs of the local community will continue to be met through both public funding and from private donors such as myself.”

Your donation to St. Michael's can help many people live longer, healthier lives. To support the excellent care you, your family and friends receive at St. Michael’s, please share your story, give online, or call us to donate at 416.864.5000 today.