Exuberant Emmy

Exuberant Emmy

Former Preemie Beats Guillain-Barre Syndrome with Therapies & Dance to Give Back
Six-year-old Emmy is a happy, vibrant little girl who easily sports a smile while breaking out any number of dance moves, like the “Floss” or “Dab”. A remarkable achievement for a budding performer who made her debut six weeks earlier then expected. “Emmy and her twin...

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  • Complex Chronic Conditions
  • Specialized Feeding
  • Guillan-Barre/AIDP
  • pain management
  • preemie
A Doll Like Mimi

A Doll Like Mimi

Young Amputee Receives Cross Country Gift of Hope
Seven-year-old Mimi, a Day Hospital patient at Blythedale Children’s Hospital, was surprised with a special birthday present from halfway across the country earlier this month. Mimi received “ A Doll Like Me ” (she now lovingly calls “Precious”), donated by nine-year-...

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  • Complex Wound and Burn Management
  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • multi-organ failure
  • septic shock
  • necrotizing fasciitis
  • amputation
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

A Different Daniel

From Failure to Thrive to Specialized Feeding Program Pride
Slow and steady wins the race. A mantra that Blythedale Children’s Hospital patient, Daniel, his family and medical/clinical teams have lived by for the past few years. Since his birth four years ago, eating has been an obstacle for Daniel. He was initially breastfed, but had difficulty...

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  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis/EoE
  • Failure to Thrive/FTT
  • Food Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Feeding Delays
  • Speech Delays

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

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