Our good friend Helen Haskell of Mothers Against Medical Error emailed me about this amazingly powerful new video developed by Quebec-based actor, Stephane Roy, in response to his 59-year-old mother’s death from C. diff in 2004. Roy’s mother died during an outbreak in the Canadian city that saw thousands of Quebecers struck with a highly virulent “Quebec strain”, leading to hundreds of deaths. Nearly 10 years after his mother’s death, Roy believes that Quebec hasn’t done enough to prevent C. diff deaths which exceeded 610 in 2011.
In just 2 years, the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation has rallied a national coalition to confront a disease that afflicts people in healthcare settings and claims the lives of more than 25,000 Americans each year. C. diff. has been cutting a steadily widening and lethal swath through the country for the last 40 years. But it doesn’t have to. How do we prevent C. diff.? And how do we identify it quickly in patients so it doesn’t kill? These are the questions the foundation has become a force in answering. Consumers and caregivers are using our materials every day to improve healthcare in the U.S. Our ability to shape health strategies and outcomes derives in large part from the support of people who care. We ask you to join the ranks of our supporters today with a tax-deductible contribution.
Please take just one minute to watch our public service announcement and another to share it with your friends and family.