David’s Home Dialysis Story: Humber Changed My Life

June 8, 2020

David Brooks passed away peacefully on September 11, 2022 at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital with his immediate family by his side. He had recently achieved an incredible milestone: dialyzing at home in his sleep for the 10,000th time.


Nearly 40 years ago, David was diagnosed with kidney disease.

“My life changed overnight,” says David. “For the rest of my life, I was going to need dialysis 3 times a week for 4 hours at a time. Little did I know that Dr. Pierratos was going to pioneer a dialysis solution that would change my life once again.”

Because of Humber River Hospital’s home dialysis program, David can do his own dialysis, at home, while he’s sleeping.

“It’s this kind of passion and innovation that makes me a proud supporter of the Foundation,” he says. “I see for myself, every single day, how dedicated the Humber team is to my health care. I can’t imagine my life without our Hospital.”

David has made the choice to leave Humber in his Will, making him part of the Aspen Grove Society, the Foundation’s legacy giving program.

“I know the money will be used well, just as it is today,” he says. “I believe that all of us have a responsibility to support our Hospital today and into the future. It feels really good to know that the Hospital will continue to be there for my loved ones and for other people like me, forever.”

To learn more about the Aspen Grove Society click here.