Geoffrey was only 11 years old when he first came to SickKids with a high fever. Within a couple of weeks, his temperature was still high and he underwent testing. It was then that he was diagnosed with HLH – an aggressive and life-threatening condition of the immune system that causes inflammation and tissue damage – and, a while after, leukemia. Over the next two years, Geoffrey underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. While he continues to receive treatment, SickKids has become his second home. He says, “The doctors are great, the environment is great, and they do everything they can to make you feel comfortable.”
Jonathan was born with a giant omphalocele, meaning some of his internal organs grew on the outside of his body. He was also diagnosed with an associated heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). Jonny spent the first nine months of his life at SickKids. Even after his initial discharge, he was back frequently until his first birthday. To date, he has had four major surgeries to repair his heart, abdominal wall and other complications. Jonny is now thriving and has taken an interest in art and singing.
Everest was rushed to SickKids after bumping his head at home. SickKids doctors immediately assessed Everest for brain damage and notified his parents that there was a bleed in his brain. Before they could even grasp what was happening, Everest was being prepped for emergency neurosurgery. The surgery was a success and after a hospital stay of only five days, Everest was discharged. “Our boy wouldn’t be where he is today without the medical help of the amazing staff at SickKids” say his parents.