Kyle Hayhoe (2019 charity ambassador)
SickKids Foundation. Toronto, ON
On September 14, 2002, when he was only seven weeks old, Kyle’s mother, Wendy, took him to the pediatrician for what she believed to be a respiratory virus. He was then referred to a cardiologist in his local community who was so alarmed about Kyle’s heart function that he accompanied Kyle’s parents from his office in Barrie, all the way to SickKids.
SickKids was ready and waiting for him and he was admitted immediately. Kyle was diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM).In this condition, the heart muscle is thickened (hypertrophic) which can make it difficult for an efficient amount of blood to flow into and out of the heart. His condition was so fragile and his heart function so compromised that the team determined that his only hope for survival would be a heart transplant.
Kyle remained in SickKids for several days, was stabilized with medication then permitted to go home with his family while waiting for a donor organ. After 4 months of waiting, his condition deteriorated suddenly and rapidly and he required resuscitation and was emergency airlifted to Toronto. Remarkably the next day a donor heart was available for him and he underwent heart transplantation surgery.
The transplant surgery was successful but Kyle’s medical journey was far from complete. The poor heart function he experienced prior to transplant caused damage to his kidneys. The procedures he underwent on his heart also caused lung damage. He does breathing treatments twice a day and requires inhaled antibiotics to protect his remaining lung function. Kyle remains under the close monitoring of the heart transplant, respiratory and nephrology teams at SickKids and is a regular visitor to the hospital.
Today Kyle is in high school and enjoys many sports including: golf, hockey and snowboarding. He is on his school’s Student Council, and in his spare time loves to play the drums, dirt bike and study tech and mechanical innovations. He’s a fun-loving, people person, who is determined to spread positivity to everyone he meets.