Harpal Aulakh, owner and operator of AUL Industrial Repairs in Quesnel, presents the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and representatives from the G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital staff with a donation cheque of $10,000 Tuesday, April 14. (Photo submitted)

Donation enables neonatal ventilation in Quesnel

A $10,000 donation from Harpal Aulakh allowed for software upgrade of existing ventilator

Harpal Aulakh, owner and operator of AUL Industrial Repairs in Quesnel, has donated $10,000 to G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital, enabling a neonatal circuit software upgrade to the hospital’s ventilator, which will allow it to be used on infants.

Aulakh says he knew he wanted to make a donation to the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, so he reached out to them in order to find out what their specific needs were and how he could help.

“I was born and raised in Quesnel, my kids were born in G.R. Baker Memorial as well, and we wanted to do something for the hospital, especially during the COVID crisis,” said Aulakh. “I wasn’t sure what they needed, so I reached out to the hospital, and they told me about the neo-natal circuit software.”

The software upgrade enables the hospital’s existing ventilator to be used on infants, whose lungs at such a young age are more fragile and require special ventilation.

Aulakh explains he wanted to ensure his donation would benefit the hospital and the Quesnel community not just immediately, but for years to come.

“When we started talking about this, we didn’t know what was going to happen with the coronavirus, so we wanted to make sure that whatever they actually really needed, they had,” said Aulakh. “We just wanted to do something where it was going to benefit the hospital well into the future.”

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