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Laney's Fight

Six-year-old Laney McGowan was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome when she was just four-months old and had her first seizure. Dravet Syndrome is a rare form of treatment-resistent epilepsy which causes prolonged seizures. In December, Laney struggled with several upper respiratory infections and...


  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Dravet Syndrome
brain injury patient

Rahul's Recovery

Transitioning back after a Traumatic Brain Injury made easier through Blythedale's Day Hospital Program
Rahul was preparing to enter his senior year at Briarcliff High School last August when he lost control of his motorcycle while biking with friends. He sustained a very severe traumatic brain injury and was in a minimally conscious state when he was admitted to Blythedale Children’s Hospital...


  • Acquired Brain Injury
Babies Ocean and Rio during feeding therapy

Ocean and Rio Get a Taste of the Good Life

Premature twins thrive thanks to ventilator weaning and feeding therapy
Ocean and Rio were born at just 23-weeks gestation and, as a result of their extreme prematurity, developed chronic lung disease. The twins had other complications, including a mass in Rio's airway that blocked his ability to speak or swallow, and Ocean had a perforated intestine that would...


  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Specialized Feeding
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia/BPD
Child using an AAC reading device

Merry Meredith

Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering Create Opportunities for Children with Disabilities.
Meredith, a five-year-old with a rare form of epilepsy, doesn't let her diagnosis stand in the way of her happiness. "She's a very personable, smiling, energetic little girl that wants to interact with her world," said JeanMarie Florkowski, O.T.R, A.T.P., an occupational therapist...


  • Assistive Technology
  • Severe Epilepsy
River, Ana, Diana and Bear at home

River's Road Home

Respiratory Therapy and Parent Training Pave the Path from Hospital to Home.
Ana Rivera found out she was pregnant on Halloween in 2020. She and her partner, Diana Vasquez, started preparing for the next chapter in their lives and their new arrival. However, on April 8, 2021, at just 26 weeks’ gestation, River Omari Rivera was born weighing a mere 2 lbs., 2 oz. and...


  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Post Acute Neonatal Care
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia/BPD
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Maria's Village

Care at The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Pediatric Long Term Care Pavilion Creates a Happy Ending.
Maria is a six-year-old girl whose family has long awaited her arrival home and it's taken a village to get her there. Maria was born with arthrogryposis, a rare and complex congenital condition that affects the joints in her upper and lower limbs causing stiffness and limiting her range of...


  • Complex Chronic Conditions
Max in hallway

Stepping Stones Home

Max's Story
Meet Max, an aspiring content creator who - at age 12 - is taking on the world while recovering from congenital heart disease and an hypoxic brain injury. Max attends the Robert Stone Day Hospital at Blythedale Children’s Hospital which offers a specialized program for children who are able...


  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • hypoxic brain injury
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The Magic of Health Home

When asked about who Noah is, his mom, Katy, replied, “Noah is an amazing little boy. Well, I shouldn’t say little boy anymore because he’s 15, but to me he’s always going to be my little boy.” Noah was born prematurely at just 24-weeks’ gestation and was...


  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
three children

Resiliency Through Recovery

"You never wake up and imagine that you, or your child, would have to endure this kind of madness."
Hear the stories of three children who were impacted by gun violence and treated at Blythedale Children's Hospital.


  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury/TBI
adela as a child

Adela Peskorz: Life Beyond Blythedale

60 years later, the #blythedaledifference lives on for this former patient
Adela Peskorz, now in her sixties, was born with a congenital dislocated hip and was admitted to Blythedale Children’s Hospital shortly after she was born . She spent seven years, from 1955 through1962, as an inpatient. Adela's fondest memories include relaxing on the lawn at Blythedale...