The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is expecting to receive fewer than five pediatric patients with cancer from Ukraine within the next 36 to 48 hours. We are unable to provide a specific number of patients or further details at this time to respect the privacy of these children and their families.
SickKids, along with our government and community partners, has been preparing for this possibility for a number of days. Toronto has a strong and compassionate Ukrainian community and SickKids has long-standing partnerships with Ukrainian children’s hospitals that enable us to support urgent children’s health-care needs in Ukraine.
All children deserve access to specialized health care, regardless of their place of origin or geographic location. While the priority at SickKids is meeting the needs of children in Ontario and Canada, we acknowledge that there is a moral responsibility to provide care to vulnerable children from abroad when we have the capacity, consistent with our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.