Breaking the Boundaries of Complex Care for Children

HeadshotWanniarachigeDane Wanniarachige is a Health Journalist Intern at


The Complex Care Initiative at Sick Kids began in 2006, in memory of the late pediatrician Dr. Norman Saunders. For ten years it has opened its doors to children with multiple and complex health challenges, often to those who could not find adequate care anywhere else.

For Ian Brown’s 19-year-old son, Walker, who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder at birth, the care provided more than just resources to manage his health. It was the first time his son was not just treated as a patient, or problem to be fixed, but a human being.

Interviewed (for by Dane Wanniarachige:

Dr. Denis Daneman, paediatrician-in-chief at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and expert advisor with, explains what the initiative tries to achieve.

Ian Brown is a Canadian journalist and author, winner of several national magazine and newspaper awards.


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