Nehal Deo earned his wings on February 18, 2016. Nehal’s vibrant personality, joyful energy and HUGE smile were adored by all those who knew him. He will be greatly missed. A tribute page has been created in his honor to remember this bright and happy soul.
Shalini Deo often wonders where her son Nehal gets his boundless energy. Just 10 days after his latest heart surgery he was asking Shalini when he could return to school.
Born with several complex heart defects, Nehal suffered a cardiac arrest in 2008. He underwent a procedure in March 2013. Due to Nehal’s fragile condition doctors at BC Children’s decided to perform a hybrid surgery on the young boy, which was less invasive and posed less risk than a traditional open-heart surgery.
However, in the current hospital, this type of procedure meant Nehal had to be moved a number of times from one department to another. For example, cardiac surgeons prepped Nehal in the operating room and then, while he was fully sedated, transferred him to the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab, which had the imaging equipment caregivers needed to guide them as they placed a stent in Nehal’s lung artery. While the surgery was a success, Nehal had to be wheeled some distance through various hallways to each procedure, which took precious time away from his treatment.
With plans for two large hybrid ORs in the new BC Children’s Hospital due to open in 2017, children like Nehal will be treated in purpose-built spaces that allow a surgical team to work just steps away from a radiology team. This partnership will cut down on unnecessary time delays and risk, keeping children safer and helping them to get back to their active lives faster.
Nehal will be featured this year as our 2015 A Night of Miracles gala Champion.