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New heart for Santa helps retired couple continue to spread holiday joy

Providence Health News - Tue, 12/29/2020 - 15:05

After almost two decades as a mall Santa, Chris Pedlar thought his days of bringing joy and magic to children during the holidays were coming to an end, when he suddenly experienced a health scare in the spring of 2019.

Pedlar and his wife, Nancy Bean, had been working as Santa and Mrs. Claus for the past 15 years when he suddenly started having trouble breathing. After several tests, Pedlar was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and told it could be fatal.

“It was very shocking,” Pedlar said, who is in his 70s.

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UBC-Providence scientists join forces with WestJet and YVR for COVID-19 testing study

Providence Health News - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:29

Over the last two decades, clinician-scientist Dr. Don Sin has spent his days doing research on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease while also caring with patients with the debilitating disease.

Then COVID-19 hit.

Along with scientists around the world, Sin and his research team quickly pivoted their research to address the pandemic.

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