EVERY SICKKIDS LOTTERY TICKET SOLD FUNDS THE FIGHT FOR KIDS LIKE WOLFGANG.
THE DAY HE WAS BORN, Wolfgang’s mom and dad were thrilled to meet him. But they already knew this little guy came with a few complications, which meant SickKids would be a big part of his young life.
He was born under the care of the high-risk obstetrical team at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Then he was rushed via underground tunnel to SickKids, where the fetal team had already been monitoring him. The reason was a hole in his heart, and possible coarctation of the aorta discovered during routine pregnancy ultrasound.
Wolfgang spent his first two weeks in the cardiology ward. He was hooked up to IVs and a feeding tube while SickKids staff monitored his condition. It turned out that, along with heart defects, Wolfgang had a lung impairment. He needed heart surgery.
At 5 months, the team at SickKids performed heart surgery on Wolfgang’s tiny heart. The operation was a success, but Wolfgang still needed SickKids care.
During surgery, his left vocal cord had suffered an injury, and become paralyzed, which left him with swallowing difficulties. Wolfgang has had several feeding studies, and works closely with a SickKids occupational therapist.
During his short life, he’s had six hospitalizations, and SickKids has become a second home to Wolfgang, Mary and Colin. They describe his team as ‘fantastic’, and they feel supported and safe.
That’s especially important during COVID-19. With compromised lungs, Wolfgang remains very susceptible to any respiratory infection, so his mom and dad are exceptionally vigilant about keeping Wolfgang healthy. They’re fighting for Wolfgang right along with SickKids.