Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network

January 16, 2007 09:00 ET

Meet heart transplant recipient who rescued his doctor in Antarctica

Interview opportunities with Dr. Heather Ross, Dale Shippam and Ian Delany

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 16, 2007) - After weeks of unpredictable and severe weather coupled with grueling climbing experiences, the Antarctica '06 team is back at home and ready to share the story about their Mt. Vinson Massif climb in Antarctica. Meet the unbelievable firefighter and heart transplant recipient, Dale Shippam who managed to defy the odds and help rescue his cardiologist, Dr. Heather Ross, Medical Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Toronto General Hospital who needed to descend the mountain after waking up in the middle of the night with high altitude pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs).

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2007
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Toronto General Hospital, 585 University Ave., New Clinical Services Building, 4th Floor - De Gasperis Conservatory (West elevators)

In December 2006, a group of determined individuals including Dr. Ross, Dale Shippam, Ian Delany, Executive Chairman of the Board and Director, Sherritt International Corporation, and Dr. Patricia Murphy, Clinical Director of Cardiac Anesthesia, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, embarked on the biggest adventures of their lives: They were going to climb Mt Vinson Massif, the tallest peak in the Antarctica. But the expedition was about more than just climbing the mountain -- they were on a mission to raise awareness about the devastating effects of heart disease, save as many lives as possible by fundraising for life-saving heart disease research, and encourage people to sign their organ donor cards.

Despite not having reached the summit because of Dr. Ross' and Dr. Murphy's low oxygen saturation levels (amount of oxygen in the blood), the journey was a huge success. The team managed to raise more than $900,000 for cardiac disease research and Dale has inspired hundreds of transplant recipients to live life and test their limits.

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Toronto General Hospital
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University Health Network
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