Charlotte’s Story

It’s the little things that matter, they say, and that could not be more true, particularly thinking of little Charlotte Abel. She spent eight weeks in the NICU at Royal Columbian Hospital after being born prematurely on March 18, 2013 by emergency c-section. At 31 weeks and 5 days, Charlotte came early because of  preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a rare and dangerous condition. Doctors had to act quickly to save both baby and mom. Neonatologist Dr. Mudaffer Al-Mudaffer explains: 

“It can cause problems to the baby’s brain, the bowels, the lungs, and these can suffer from growth restriction with all its complications” he says. “The blood pressure to the mother can become so high and out of control, so the only way to bring control is to get the baby out.”

Charlotte’s parents, Lindsay and Ben, quickly became intimately acquainted with the challenges encountered by premature babies. There doctor explained these risks: 

“Babies that are born prematurely can get into breathing issues. They can’t breathe on their own, so they need help, whether it’s from a breathing tube or in the form of CPAP with a little mask on the nose. Also, they can’t feed right away, so we have to give them what they need nutrition-wise to help them grow. They are at high risk for infection. They get jaundice more than others. Also, they can get feeding intolerance. So it’s a magnitude of problems that affects almost every system.”

Charlotte beat the odds and is now an active toddler who seldom sits still. The experience was harrowing for her parents, but they are thankful she got through it and for the support from the staff at Royal Columbian Hospital. Her mom, Lindsay recounted:

“When you have a baby who is premature, it’s not the journey you had expected. But we had the best, most positive experience at Royal Columbian. There were all these milestones they wanted her to reach, which is stressful, but then when she reached them it was amazing.”

You can read more about Charlotte’s story here.

The Abel Family Gives Back

In gratitude for the tremendous support received by Royal Columbian Hospital staff, Charlotte’s dad, Ben Abel, is lending his musical talents to raise money for the Royal Columbian Hospital NICU. It’s happening June 23, 2016 at Studio Records in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information about the benefit concert check out Elevator Music and Promotions

The Abel’s and the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation hope you can join in the fun and enjoy the music, but if you can’t, please share this event to let others know it’s coming up by tweeting here: 

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Event Details

NICU fundraising concert

The lineup: 

Anything But:

Anything But delivers a strikingly original brand of lyrical rock ‘n roll. Anything But’s songs tell evocative stories. Sometimes those stories reflect the struggle of a lifetime, sometimes they perfectly capture a powerful moment, but each one rewards repeated listens. The band’s genre bounces between folk, pop, heavier rock and even psychedelic. The powerful marriage between melody and lyrics is what defines Anything But and is the reason their style of music is both accessible and richly layered. We’re not nothing, we might be something… we’re Anything But!

Saints and Sinners:

Blue Pie International recording artists Izzy Dakota Jones, Rob Keatley, Harvey McCormick & Brian Elgood have a brand new British Blues Invasion project, called the Saints And Sinners.

Their Influences include the likes of: John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Savoy Brown, Paul Butterfield, Jeff Beck, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Humble Pie, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher, Ten Years After, Climax Blues Band & many more….

Killing Floor Blues Band:

The Killing Floor Blues Band takes its name from a Howlin Wolf song and its this sound that the band pays homage to, Chicago electric blues of the 50’s and 60’s. Consisting of Ben Abel on guitar and vocals and Gary McIntosh behind the drum kit, the band started in December of 2011and has played at venues that include the Railway Club and the Princeton Pub. Experienced musician Mike Chess joined the band as their full time bass player in January of 2014.

Songs the band performs include Roadrunner (Bo Diddley), Bright Lights Big City (Jimmy Reed) Sweet Home Chicago/All Your Love (Magic Sam Maghett) as well as All Your Love/I Can’t Quit You Baby (Otis Rush) and Good Morning Little School Girl (Junior Wells). This is a great band that pays tribute to some of the finest music of the 20th century. Available for small and large gigs as well as corporate events and parties, it promises high energy music that harkens back to a time when rock and roll was just getting started and the blues was still king.

The Cause:

Centre of excellence

Royal Columbian Hospital provides specialized care for cardiac services, trauma, neurosciences, high risk maternity and neonatal intensive care for some of the most seriously ill and injured people from across British Columbia. Located at the heart of one of the fastest growing health regions in Canada, the hospital serves a population of more than 1.7 million people (one in three British Columbians). Royal Columbian is also a UBC teaching hospital with a Clinical Academic Campus.

Raising Funds

Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation is an independent charitable foundation that raises millions of dollars annually to help fund priority equipment needs, facility enhancements, research, education and innovation at Royal Columbian Hospital. For more information about Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, visit or contact 604 520 4438.


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