Cameron Bowler and Caitlin Brown read a book with their 15-month-old son, Quinton, in the Little Warriors Library at Victoria General Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The family has given the library to the NICU as a gift of thanks after Quinton spent seven weeks in the NICU shortly after birth. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Victoria General Hospital receives gift of reading from thankful family

The Little Warriors Library will help parents connect with their infants in the NICU

Fifteen-month-old Quinton Bowler is a happy and curious child with two very loving parents — Caitlin Brown and Cameron Bowler.

Looking at the family today, it would be hard to believe that little Quinton was admitted into Victoria General Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for seven weeks after being born.

“It was about 18 weeks into the pregnancy when we found that … essentially his liver was outside his body,” said Bowler.

Now, the family has chosen to give back to the NICU with the Little Warriors Library — a that library parents of children in the NICU can use to read to their little ones. The library is a fitting gift for the family, as both parents read to Quinton every day as a way of bonding.

READ MORE: NICU reunion a precious reminder for families, hospital staff

Bowler said every morning after Quinton has his bottle he points to the book shelf and “demands his post-breakfast book.”

“Having a child in the NICU can be an incredibly difficult and stressful time and it can be very difficult to bond with your child…when they’re in an incubator,” Bowler said. “This is a really good way of getting parents talking and getting that connection early.”

The NICU at Victoria General Hospital cares for about 530 infants each year with each one staying an average of 15 days in the unit.

Infants in the NICU include premature infants and whose experiencing complications from cardiac, respiratory, ophthalmological or auditory issues.

Over the last five years, donors have funded 65 per cent of the equipment needs in the NICU. About $590,000 from donors have gone towards purchases like incubators, infant warmers, CPAP non-invasive infant ventilators and more.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Premature baby program to expand across B.C.

Mark Blandford, the clinical director at VGH, said the hospital is grateful for the family’s contribution to the NICU.

“The donation of books is small on the financial side but huge on the impact side,” Blandford said. “Our sincere thanks to Quinton’s family whose generous gift will help bring comfort and hope to infants and their parents/guardians who are fighting alongside their Little Warriors.”

Blandford noted that the NICU is where many infants start their life and that the library program is a great way to contribute to their beginning and give them the ability to listen to their parents.

“There have been many other parents going through this situation,” Blandford said. “I think they’ll see if they come through this unit that they’re not alone.”

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Convicted drug trafficker asks Victoria courtroom for chance to ‘turn this around’

Horst Schirmer sentenced for convictions on five counts of possession related to trafficking

Pipeline protestors plan march as Trudeau gives Trans Mountain the go-ahead,

20 kilometre march to protest the pipeline starts in Victoria, ends on Saanich Peninsula

Union Club of B.C. votes in its first female president

16-year member Grace Van den Brink previously served as vice president

$11 million overdraw for McKenzie Interchange construction

The project has been delayed multiple times and is now estimating a budget of $96 million

Alzheimer Society calls for helpline volunteers in Greater Victoria

Charity is in ‘urgent need’ as calls on the rise

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support the government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion?

The federal government announced Tuesday its approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline… Continue reading

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

VIDEO: Firefighters stop blaze from spreading after BMW crashes at Saratoga Speedway

Victoria-based businessmen were ‘corner training’ on Father’s Day when incident took place

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

Most Read