Better Futures

Bennett's Story

Bennett Mailloux

Ashley Mailloux had never heard of an omphalocele, much less considered how the rare medical condition could impact her life. But all that changed when she gave birth to Bennett, the first child for Ashley and her fiancĂ© Jesse Hansen, on August 29, 2019. Bennett was born by C-section at 39 weeks in Regina’s General Hospital (RGH) with his liver and bowels on the outside of his body, covered in a thin membrane sac.

“We knew his condition ahead of time, thanks to the ultrasound,” Ashley says. “Still, you can never really be fully prepared until the baby arrives, so there were a lot of tense moments up until that point.”
After delivery, Bennett was immediately taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at RGH.
“I only got to see him for a few seconds before he was rushed off to the NICU,” Ashley says. “A couple of hours later I was wheeled in so I could see him. That was the longest two hours of my life!”
Over the next few weeks, Bennett’s condition was constantly monitored. In addition, a special silver benzoate dressing was regularly applied onto the membrane sac to help his skin grow overtop. Ashley and her mother stayed in rental accommodations near the hospital the entire time.

"The medical team in the NICU is amazing," Ashley declares.

In addition to caring for our baby like he was their own, they took the time to answer all our questions and calm our nerves. They are phenomenal people.After 26 days in the NICU, Bennett was discharged and taken home to Rockglen, a 2.5-hour drive south of Regina near the U.S. border. He continues to receive regular homecare treatment, and will eventually have surgery to move his organs into his belly and close up the opening.
“Families in southern Saskatchewan are so fortunate to have access to Regina’s NICU,” Ashley continues. “I can’t even imagine what this experience would have been like if we had to travel further away without that support from family. It would have been so much harder!”
“Bennett’s story is a reminder of the importance of investing in life-saving technology for Regina’s NICU.” says Dino Sophocleous, president and CEO, Hospitals of Regina Foundation. “Over 500 babies each year and their families rely on our ability to provide that care right here at home, in order to help them live better lives.”

Find out more about the Z99 Radiothon.

Help babies like Bennett today by supporting the Z99 Radiothon with your donation.
  • Bennett's Story
  • Mailloux1.jpg
  • Mailloux2.jpg
  • Mailloux4.jpg
Share This

Donate Today

Make a donation and help ensure better lives for people right here in our community.

Donate Today

Other Stories That May Be Of Interest

New era of care for men diagnosed with prostate cancer
Patient Stories
New era of care for men diagnose...

A single moment in time would forever change Steve Pillipow’s life. It ...

Read More
The Power of Pink
Donor Stories
The Power of Pink

One in nine women develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Regina residen...

Read More
Great care helps teen live better with Type 1 Diabetes
Better Lives Stories
Great care helps teen live bette...

Last spring, 12-year-old Brady Windsor was in a mountain bike race at Douglas...

Read More

Where your money goes

Donate Our Stories