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A donation for the chemotherapy ward

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Eleanor Mack stands next to the chair that she has donated to the chemotherapy ward at St. Joseph's Hospital.

A local woman has donated a chair to the chemotherapy ward at St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan, to show gratitude to the hospital and its staff for the treatment she has received, and to enhance comfort for patients.

Eleanor Mack has been receiving chemo treatments for cancer at the hospital for several months, and her treatments will continue for some time. She said that the other chemotherapy chairs were too large.

"Those other chairs in there are way too big for me," she said. "I needed two pillows behind my back for one chair, and my feet were dangling for two hours. They couldn't reach the floor."

So Mack decided she would purchase a smaller chair for the chemotherapy department. She received a great deal on the chair, too, she said, as a business sold it to her for half price. It has electric settings and the ability to recline.

The new chair is much more comfortable, she said.

She purchased the chair three weeks ago, and it has been well-used since its arrival.

Tara Holma, who is one of the nurses in the chemotherapy ward, said that Mack's donation allowed the staff to retire an older, uncomfortable chair that had been well-used.

"People were finding it hard to get in and out of," she said. "Once they got in it, they couldn't get out."

The old chair was smaller than the one that Mack donated. Holma said the new chair is the perfect size for many patients.


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