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May 27, 2019

His Royal Highness The Duke of York visits SickKids

His Royal Highness The Duke of York, Royal Patron of SickKids Foundation, visited The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) on Friday, May 24, 2019. This was his second visit to the Hospital as Royal Patron of SickKids Foundation; his first visit was in 2009.

HRH The Duke of York arrived at SickKids at 4 p.m., where he was greeted by representatives of SickKids and SickKids Foundation. The Duke was presented with a copy of the SickKids history book, SickKids: The History of The Hospital for Sick Children, and a custom book mark signed by representatives of the SickKids Children’s Council.

Members of the SickKids Children's Council and Ted Garrard, CEO of SickKids Foundation, present HRH The Duke of York with a copy of the SickKids history book.

HRH The Duke of York was then led on a private tour by Dr. Ronald Cohn, President and CEO of SickKids and Mr. Ted Garrard, CEO of SickKids Foundation. He met with SickKids clinicians and researchers and learned about some of the clinical, research and education initiatives currently underway at SickKids, including machine learning techniques that can predict cardiac arrest in critically ill children before they happen and advancements in surgical robotics and 3D printing technology to train the next generation of surgeons. 

Drs Anna Goldenberg, Scientist in Genetics and Genome Biology, and Mjaye Mazwi, Critical Care Physician, explain some of the Hospital's innovative clinical, research and educational initiatives. Dr. Jim Drake, Surgeon-in-Chief (left), showcases examples of surgical robotics and 3D printing technology being used at SickKids.

HRH The Duke of York also met Sebastian Havill, 2, and his parents, Kristine Barry and Christopher Havill. HRH The Duke of York learned from one of Sebastian’s doctors about the heart surgery Sebastian underwent while still in his mother’s womb. This in-utero Balloon Atrial Septoplasty (BAS) procedure, which took place five days before Sebastian’s birth, is believed to be a world first to treat Sebastian’s particular heart condition.

HRH The Duke of York meets Sebastian, 2, and his parents, Christopher and Kristine.

HRH The Duke of York completed his visit with a private reception, including cake and balloons to commemorate Sebastian’s second birthday, which he celebrated a day earlier.

HRH The Duke of York also heard about the significance of philanthropy to the Hospital, particularly during the $1.3 billion SickKids VS Limits campaign, the largest in Canadian health-care history.

Joined by Douglas and Susan Bassett, members of SickKids Foundation Board of Directors, and The Honorable Sabi Marwah, Chair of the SickKids Board of Trustees, HRH The Duke of York signs the SickKids guest book.

HRH is Patron of a number of organizations focused on children and young people and is committed to enabling youth to fulfil their potential. The Duke has been the Royal Patron of SickKids Foundation since 2007. This prestigious affiliation with the Royal family is an important reflection of the global significance and prominent role of SickKids in advancing children’s health. HRH’s first visit to SickKids was in 2009, and this second visit will mark the 10-year anniversary of that landmark event.