Six-year-old Oliver Ferguson hasn’t exactly had an easy life.
The Toronto boy’s medical problems began when he became sick from liver inflammation. Shortly afterwards, he got kidney stones. Then, as if that wasn’t already enough for the kid, he developed a condition called aplastic anemia, which is a blood disorder that occurs when the body’s bone marrow doesn’t produce enough new blood cells. Symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, headaches and chest pain–but fortunately, it can be cured with a bone marrow transplant.
“Without the medication or transfusions, yes, he wouldn’t last a month,” Oliver’s dad, Rob Ferguson, said.
All of that to say, Oliver’s been through more hospital visits already than some people have in their entire lifetime.
CTV News ran a story on the family back in February, which was eventually seen by Toronto officer Det. Sgt. Dave Eklund. The cop had suffered from aplastic anemia himself when he was younger, and Oliver’s story struck a chord with him. That’s why he reached out to the boy to see if he would be interested in hanging out with the Toronto Police for a day.
Needless to say, he was.
Oliver got to ride in a boat in the marine unit, hop on horseback in the mounted unit and play with dogs in the canine unit. He even got to control the siren in a police cruiser.
“You have days like today, you forget about what’s going on–let the doctors deal with that. Stay strong, and you’ll get through this,” Eklund said.
You can watch Oliver taking on the life of a cop in the video above.