The Pulse’s 10 most-read stories of 2019

From the heart-warming to the hilarious, there was no shortage of amazing news across Western Sydney Local Health District this year and it was a privilege to share it all with you on The Pulse.

We had more than a quarter of a million readers and among the hundreds of stories there were some pretty clear stand-outs.

Take a trip down memory lane with us as we look back on them most-read stories this year.

And if you’re in the mood for more reflecting on the year that was, check out Lifeblood 2019 for the best photos from across the district.

Westmead Hospital intern Dr John Lahoud

10. Hospital orderly turned doctor

Born at Westmead, transported patients at Westmead, and now a doctor at Westmead – John Lahoud’s story certainly struck a note way back in January!

Westmead Hospital ED director Dr Matthew Vukasovic

9. Westmead emergency records presentations drop during Game of Thrones finale

We all knew the finale of the biggest TV spectacle of a generation would be big.

But who could’ve predicted the events of Westeros would be felt in Westmead?

The WSLHD Patients as Partners award winners from Cumberland Hospital.

8. Health stars shine at Western Sydney awards night

We all love a party, and there’s no event in the Western Sydney LHD calendar that can match the glitz and glamour of the Quality Awards.

We know you wanted to see the winners but don’t deny you were enjoying the outfits as well!

Maria Bolinas is embraced by Westmead Hospital ICU staff.

7. ‘My daughter donated nine organs to help nine people live’

After tragically losing her daughter last year, Maria Bolinas showed incredible bravery to visit the intensive care staff who tried desperately to save Janna.

6. Celebrity chefs host surprise Valentine’s date for patient

In the midst of incredible suffering and hardship, Anthony and Daniella Takchi have a love story for the ages with their gorgeous son Tobias.

We did what we could to make Valentine’s Day in hospital special with a lunch prepared by Ibby and Romel from My Kitchen Rules.

Dr Kavita Varshney

5. Westmead doc scores Aussie-first Stanford qualification

We know our doctors are world class, but it’s always nice to be reminded – like when Westmead Hospital emergency specialist Dr Kavita Varshney became the first doctor in Australia accredited to run a prestigious Stanford University program.

Dr Shaheen Hasmat

4. Young Westmead resident stuns crowds with life-changing implant

From refugee to surgical resident, Dr Shaheen Hasmat blew his colleagues away with his design for an implantable device to restore movement in patients with facial paralysis.

3. Shisha session like smoking 100 cigarettes

This warning certainly struck a nerve thanks to this powerful video, but the health effects of smoking shisha are too serious to ignore.

2. One Born Every Minute ready to pop

With 3.6 million viewers across Australia, there’s no disputing this beautiful show was a phenomenal success.

We loved having you with us for the highs and lows of this wonderful look behind the scenes at one of Australia’s busiest birthing units.

1. Health alerts

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That’s why we exist, so thank you for trusting us when you need it most.

Happy New Year and bring on 2020!