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

Thriving Theo

Driven Teen Excels in Recovery from Stroke
For the first fourteen years of his life, Theo was healthy and active. He spent time with his family, hung out with friends, played sports at summer camp and excelled in school. But in November 2016, everything changed. While at his home in Manhattan, the teen unexpectedly developed severe...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Assistive Technology
  • Stroke
  • Acquired Brain Injury
Peter On the Move Again

Peter On the Move Again

In August of this last year, a previously healthy and very active five-year-old Peter was diagnosed with a tumor on his spine. A mere week after his diagnosis, and following complicated surgery, Peter was admitted to Blythedale's Yellow Unit for comprehensive inpatient therapy. His family's...

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  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Seizure Disorders

Saverio's Amazing Recovery

Saverio Sportella graduated with a degree in political science from Fordham University this year. But just a few years ago, it seemed unlikely that he would be rejoining his high school classmates anytime soon. In April 2004, Saverio, then 15, was hit by a speeding car while crossing the street...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury/TBI

Xohan is a Real Superhero

Three-year-old Xohan was a typically developing preschooler when his mother first became aware of a change in his behavior. At a park, she noticed that her little boy was staring into space, in a non-responsive state. Soon afterward, he developed cyanosis (a bluish discoloration of the skin...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Specialized Feeding
  • NMDA Encephalitis

Antonio on the Run

Antonio is a cheerful and energetic four-year-old who has a smile that lights up a room. Watching him playing ball with his mom, it is hard to believe that just three months ago, Antonio and his grandmother were involved in a very serious car accident - one that almost claimed the bubbly...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Specialized Feeding
  • Complex Wound and Burn Management
  • Acquired Brain Injury
Noor

Paying a Visit to Sesame Street

If you ever find yourself singing "Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?" (the theme song to the popular children's show), just ask 10-year-old Noor. The Blythedale Day Hospital patient was recently invited to appear on the hit show, along with her father. She had...

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  • Assistive Technology
  • muscular dystrophy