Keeping Canada Alive

Beloved, maligned and hotly debated, Canada's health care system is a source of national pride, collective frustration and mounting concern, as the demands we place upon it often exceed its capacity to deliver. Over a single 24-hour period, this groundbreaking six-part series descends on hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, private residences – wherever care is given across Canada – and captures intimate, emotional stories of patients seeking treatment and the medical professionals who provide it.

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Keeping Canada Alive, Episode 6
  • 2015
  • 00:43:42
  • 13-14

Keeping Canada Alive
Keeping Canada Alive, Episode 6

A single mother in Hamilton, whose premature baby was born at only 26 weeks gestation, waits alone as doctors prepare her tiny son for surgery. A former Richmond high school athlete who weighs almost 400 pounds hopes to change his life with bariatric surgery to reduce his stomach size. In Quebec’s far north, a Cree doctor wages her own battle ...
  • Added on: 11/10/2015
Keeping Canada Alive, Episode 5
  • 2015
  • 00:43:42
  • 15-17

Keeping Canada Alive
Keeping Canada Alive, Episode 5

In Vancouver, a daughter donates her kidney to her 81-year-old father and two heroin addicts visit a groundbreaking Downtown Eastside clinic to receive daily injections of prescription heroin. In Toronto, a deaf baby gets her cochlear implant activated and hears her mother’s voice for the first time, while a family doctor practices innovative ways to deliver healthcare to homebound patients. ...
  • Added on: 11/10/2015
Keeping Canada Alive, Episode 4
  • 2015
  • 00:43:42
  • 15-17

Keeping Canada Alive
Keeping Canada Alive, Episode 4

An Ottawa cancer patient undergoes the removal and reconstruction of her remaining breast. A Montreal psychiatrist administers electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to a patient with debilitating depression. In Vancouver, a doctor tends to an immigrant family from Iraq whose elderly mother is suffering from PTSD. A First Nations man who lost part of his foot because of diabetes places hopes for ...
  • Added on: 10/28/2015
Keeping Canada Alive, Episode 3
  • 2015
  • 00:43:49
  • 15-17

Keeping Canada Alive
Keeping Canada Alive, Episode 3

An unconventional palliative care doctor helps a terminal cancer patient make a decision; a man with a recurring brain tumour has surgery for a fourth time; a teen has an operation to fix the damaged cartilage in her hip; and a youngster receives a new prosthetic arm.
  • Added on: 10/19/2015
Keeping Canada Alive, Episode 2
  • 2015
  • 00:44:13
  • 13-14

Keeping Canada Alive
Keeping Canada Alive, Episode 2

The non-stop day of a warm-hearted full-service GP; a cardiologist works hard to find options for a patient diagnosed with heart failure; a woman with MS finds out whether her shoulder pain signals the progression of her disease; coping with the challenges of raising a child with a complex illness; and a 25-year-old has his second heart surgery.
  • Added on: 10/16/2015
Keeping Canada Alive, Episode 1
  • 2015
  • 00:43:42
  • 13-14

Keeping Canada Alive
Keeping Canada Alive, Episode 1

The first episode of Keeping Canada Alive takes a closer look Canada’s health care system. Stories include: a three-month-old baby boy in Vancouver with a hole in his heart; a 28-year-old in Toronto whose neck was broken during a recreational hockey game; a 73-year-old woman lovingly cares for her husband with Alzheimer’s disease; a teenage girl receives laser treatment for severe burn ...
  • Added on: 10/08/2015