Big Academic, Rehabilitative Dreams Ahead

Big Academic, Rehabilitative Dreams Ahead

Mt. Pleasant Blythedale School Holds Moving Up Ceremonies
“We want what every other kid wants, each and every day; to go to school, learn, study, make choices, make mistakes and then move on to the next grade.” Powerful words of inclusion from Zoriah, an 11th grader at Mt. Pleasant Blythedale School , during the middle/high school Moving Up...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Assistive Technology
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Complex Wound and Burn Management
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Pre/Post Organ & Stem Cell Transplant
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Blind
  • Chromosomal Abnormalities

Dancing David

Conquering Cerebral Palsy with Physiatry, Physical Therapy and K-Pop
“He’s a firecracker that walks to the beat of his own drum.” Akua Genfi speaks with pride about her confident and charismatic nine-year-old son, David, who is always excited to meet new people, say “hello” and spark up a conversation. For almost half his young life,...

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  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP); obstructive congenital hydrocephalus; endoscopic third ventriculostomy; spasticity; botox injections; dorsal rhizotomy;

Talented Trejah

Dancer Dazzles with Emotional Encore After Beating Brain Tumors, Stroke
“Since I was little, dancing was everything to me.” The spotlight shined brightly on Trejah as a young, talented performer. Before even becoming a teenager, she had taken the stage numerous times in ballet and dance, even joining the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Lincoln...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma; seizure disorder; stroke; paralysis; cognitive impairments; brain tumor

Tara's Triumph

Teen's Fierce Determination for Independence Drives Assistive Technology Training
The will to fight was instilled in Tara ever since day one. Born a premature triplet at 26-weeks and weighing just under two-pounds, she required resuscitation in the delivery room and was put on a life-sustaining ventilator for weeks while undergoing numerous surgeries and medical procedures to...

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  • Assistive Technology
  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Extreme Prematurity
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • spastic quadriplegia

Brave Bentley

Health Home Helps Medically Complex Boy & Family Thrive in Community
Bentley is more than meets the eye. He’s more than the power wheelchair that keeps him moving. He’s more than the ventilator that keeps him alive. He’s more than the assistive technology that helps him communicate. “He is the bravest kid in the world and an inspiration for...

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  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Complex Chronic Conditions
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Assistive Technology
  • Specialized Feeding
  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • nemaline myopathy
  • Scoliosis
  • Chronic Respiratory Failure

Rocky's Big Game

Walking into a major league ballpark is often an impressive sight to see, but for one Blythedale Children’s Hospital patient and his family, attending a recent baseball game held even more meaning. Nine-year-old Rocky, a previously healthy and active child, suffered a stroke in July. He was...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Stroke

Independent Amanda

Teen Triumphs at Blythedale with Technology, Tenderness and Time
Graduation is a time to reflect on past achievements while looking ahead to new beginnings. For one special 12th grader at the Mt. Pleasant-Blythedale School, located on the grounds of Blythedale Children’s Hospital, her future is paved with potential. “I will be moving to a new house...

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  • Assistive Technology
  • Complex Chronic Conditions
  • Otopalatodigital Spectrum Disorder
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Scoliosis
  • Diabetes
  • Blind
  • Deaf

Daniella's New Dawn

Teen with Acquired Brain Injury Defies Diagnosis
Can a nosebleed save a life? For Daniella and her family, it did. Born full term and leading a healthy, active life for her first eleven years, the young girl rarely needed a doctor. In fifth grade, Daniella began developing frequent nose bleeds, fatigue and dizziness that gradually worsened until...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Specialized Feeding
  • Acquired Brain Injury

Hope for Hiroshy

Former Preemie with Jejunal Atresia Grows Into Promising Pupil
From the start of his life, Hiroshy and hospitals have gone hand in hand. Born premature at 33-weeks’ gestation in October 2011, Hiroshy was diagnosed with jejunal atresia (an incomplete formation of part of the small intestine), and spent 90 days in the NICU. The newborn underwent numerous...

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  • Complex Chronic Conditions
  • Specialized Feeding
  • Pre/Post Organ & Stem Cell Transplant
  • Post Acute Neonatal Care
  • Assistive Technology
  • Extreme Prematurity
  • Short Gut Syndrome
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)

Malka on the Mend

LVAD Dependent, Pre-Transplant Patient Returns After Cardiac Surgery
“I’ve never had a child, who’s had a major organ transplant, come back so quickly.” Dr. Mary Didie, Unit Chief of the Day Hospital Program at Blythedale Children’s Hospital, proudly uttered those words upon the return of nine-year-old Malka in March 2018, less than...

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  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pre/Post Organ & Stem Cell Transplant
  • LVAD
  • Heart Transplant
  • Stroke

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