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Blythedale Welcomes McDonald Twins


Blythedale Children’s Hospital announced today that formerly conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald have been admitted to the Hospital’s Infant & Toddler Unit for comprehensive rehabilitation. This follows the life-saving surgery to separate them at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore on October 14.

The boys, following evaluation by their new clinical care teams at Blythedale, will be immersed in a daily regimen of physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapy. They will receive post-surgical medical management, provided by specialists in pediatrics, neonatalogy, physiatry, nursing, social work, Child Life, and the Hospital’s developmental specialists.

"Blythedale is well suited to provide state of the art acute rehabilitation to the most medically fragile children,” said Dr. Scott Klein, Blythedale’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Pediatrics. "Jadon and Anias came into Blythedale as two individuals – each with their own unique capabilities and needs. The team will develop a care plan tailored specifically to each but they will share this experience as brothers. As they have all along, Jadon and Anias’ parents will be an integral part of the team helping them achieve the best outcome”

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