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(Moncton, NB – December 20, 2018) Children needing to undergo surgery at the Dr-Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre will now have the opportunity to get to the surgical suite by somewhat unconventional means, thanks to a gift from Moncton Chrysler.

A few days before Christmas Eve, under the watchful eye of Santa Clause himself, the local automobile dealership delivered a Kidsquad Mudslinger, a motorized ride-on car for children of the paediatrics department of the Dumont UHC. This battery operated, remote-controlled vehicle can be driven by the child or controlled by a parent. “It’s a fun way to transport children to the operating room, a short trip that is often a cause of anxiety for this vulnerable clientele”, said Johanne Roy, vice-president of Clinical Services for Vitalité Health Network. When their physical condition allows, they will be able to take themselves to the operating room, rather than using a stretcher.”

The nurse manager of the paediatrics department at the Dumont UHC, Nancy Sheehan, agrees. “What a great way to reduce the stress level of a child who is headed for surgery, an unknown entity for most”, she said. “This way, the child can play a bit, while feeling in control of the situation. On behalf of my young patients, I thank Moncton Chrysler for this generous gesture right before the Holiday season.”

According to the Dr. Martin Robichaud, Medical Director for Vitalité Health Network and member of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Board of Directors, this gesture comes from the heart. He profoundly thanked the dealership on behalf of the Hospital and the Board.

The person behind this initiative, Mark Ripley of Moncton Chrysler, is pleased to have been able to offer this gift destined for children. “We are thrilled to be able to do something that has the potential to bring a smile to young faces. It makes us happy, especially at this time of year.”

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For information :

Thérèse Thériault

CHU Dumont Foundation



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