In little Owen’s first 2 years of life, he spent 194 nights in the hospital. This was on top of his numerous day visits to clinics, assessments, and therapy. Owen was born with end stage renal failure and underwent 17 surgeries before his kidney transplant.
Prior to his kidney transplant, Owen suffered a cardiac arrest in hospital and was required to be on dialysis for 12 hours every evening. He was under constant surveillance and a nurse was required to monitor his vitals as a precaution to prevent further cardiac arrests. The family spent two years not knowing if each day might be his last, all while trying to maintain a normal life for their other 2 children. Throughout Owen’s life, the family was separated by overnight hospital stays requiring both his father, Travis, and mother, Sarah, to be in attendance for critical medical decisions. The family travelled from London to SickKids hospital in Toronto where Travis was assessed to be a living donor transplant for his son. Travis donated one of his kidneys to Owen on April 13, 2016, saving his sons life. Travis recovered as quickly as he could so that he was able to return to London to care for their other children, while Sarah stayed with Owen throughout the remainder of his recovery in Toronto. Sarah remained by Owen’s side until he was transferred back to Children’s Hospital at London Health Science Centre.
The David Foster Foundation assisted the family with the additional expenses of accommodation and parking during the transplant. “It was always nice to know the David Foster Foundation was there to assist us if needed. When you have difficult decisions to make daily it is nice to know that finances are taken care of.” Travis Buskard (Father of Owen)