Owen Varty is well-known at CHEO.
The eight-year-old Riverside South resident was born with a diaphragmatic hernia.
“The condition caused his stomach and intestines to creep into his lung cavity and didn’t allow his lung to expand,” said his mother, Monica Coyne.
Varty, just two days old, underwent a procedure.
“The surgery saved his life that day,” said Coyne.
Varty has already had eight surgeries, one of which was performed for the first time at CHEO, said his father, Nick Varty.
“That’s why he’s famous,” he said.
The outstanding hospital is getting a $10-million capital investment from the province to fund renovations and expansions, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced in his riding Tuesday.
“As a parent, you hope never to have a reason to be at CHEO,” said McGuinty.
The move will help tackle the demand for pediatric surgery by adding 2,200 operations daily, an increase of 29%.
The investment helps provide better access to surgical services, said CHEO’s chief of staff, Dr. Carrol Pitters.
“This is important, because waiting for treatment of any kind is a bigger burden for kids, and can, in some cases, have a significant effect on their development and well-being,” said Pitter.
The funding will help reorganize day care surgery, recovery units, and procedure facilities, improving efficiency and the patient experience, she said.