Respiratory Care

Why respiratory? Meet the kids.

The Janeway respiratory team treats pediatric patients all year-round. Meet a few of the kids.


This holiday season, your donation will help purchase additional state-of-the-art respiratory equipment that will help kids breathe. Your gifts will also purchase diagnostic equipment that will detect lung problems early, before bigger issues develop.
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Twins Owen and Noah were born prematurely at 28 weeks and couldn’t breathe on their own. They were put on ventilators immediately. For almost the entire first year of his life, Owen required respiratory support, first in the Janeway NICU then in the PICU. Here’s their story.


“The Janeway has been our lifeline for the past 12 years. Our CF team is like family.” says John’s mom, Gillian.

When John was two and a half months, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes various effects on the body, but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs.

Now 12, he visits the Janeway every three months for pulmonary function tests. With the help of mom and dad, John does preventative physio each day to keep his lung function high and his lungs clear, so he can remain active in competitive hockey and soccer.

“We can reach out to the Janeway Team any time and they are always there to help and answer questions. They really care about John. They are all amazing,” says Gillian.



Charlie spent the first 17 days of her life in the Janeway NICU because of her breathing issues. Since then, even with medications and puffers, she has had countless Janeway visits and admissions to help treat her asthma.

Charlie, however, never complains and is a BIG fan of the Janeway. She loves the staff who take care of her and always raves about the view from her hospital room. Charlie says, “the Janeway is important because they help me breathe and they take good care of me!”

The care at the Janeway helps Charlie stay active in her favourite interests like cheerleading, dance and singing.

(Dance photo credit: Amanda Dinn Photography)



Jenson’s mom knows why he was born on St. Patrick’s Day… “he is as rare as a four-leaf clover.” 🍀️

This sweet four-year-old from Gander visits the Janeway frequently and receives care from the respiratory team to help with his breathing problems. He also sees cardiology, neuromuscular rehabilitation, neurology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology!

Jenson has SEPN1-related myopathy, a subtype of congenital muscular dystrophy. Because of the remarkable care and support received from the entire Janeway Team, he is thriving.

With this condition, Jenson is at risk for more severe respiratory problems as he grows, which is why having the best diagnostic and treatment equipment available is so vital to treat kids like him.