Above Watch: Tim Sargeant has a one-on-one interview with one of the first patients to be transferred to the new MUHC superhospital at the Glen Site.
MONTREAL — Audrey L’Espèrance is in the battle of her life.
The 22-year-old engineering student is suffering from a rare form of leukemia, and is being treated at McGill University’s new teaching hospital at the Glen Site.
Audrey was one of the 154 patients who were transferred to the site from the Royal Victoria on Sunday.
The competitive equestrian spent four weeks at the Royal Vic before arriving in her new room.
“The environment is really nice,” she told Global News.
“I feel like it’s clean and part of a new story that begins.”
Her story began at the end of March, when her wisdom teeth were pulled. For the following five days Audrey lost a lot of blood and had to be rushed to the hospital.
“I said to my boyfriend, ‘I have to go to the hospital,’ and he called the ambulance and that’s when I ended up in the emergency,” she said.
Doctors ran blood tests and discovered she had acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). She was admitted immediately and had to receive a transfusion to make up for her lost blood.
She is currently receiving chemotherapy every day.
“Because it is really aggressive, sometimes you have two months to live so, I don’t know, it’s another bit of luck I had in my whole experience,” she said.
GALLERY: Inside the new MUHC super hospital
The new hospital facilities boast 500 private rooms with independent bathrooms and showers.
A big advantage to deliver quality care.
“Just for the prevention of infections, spreading, the private rooms is a great thing,” Alexandre Bazinet, an internal medical resident said.
Audrey’s cancer isn’t in remission yet but she’s confident she will beat it.
“Statistics are good and we are positive,” she said.