Cara's Story

My Blythedale Experience
My name is Cara Macdonald, and I am a former patient at Blythedale. I believe it was Dr. Rackley, my neuropsychologist, who asked me, as part of a series of simple questions to test my awareness, who the president of the United States was. I still think back today about how shocked I was, even in...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
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Bringing Demi Home

My Blythedale Experience
Our daughter Demi was diagnosed with Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma, a rare brain tumor found in children. Once diagnosed in the ER, Demi had to undergo an emergency surgery to have a ventricular drain placed into her skull in order to drain the excess cerebrospinal fluid that accumulated due to...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Astrocytoma

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

Andy Heads Home

You can't help but smile when you meet four-year-old Andy. This bubbly, active preschooler has made monumental strides since his admission to Blythedale Children's Hospital four months ago. In January, a previously healthy Andy suffered an unexpected seizure while at home. Upon admission to...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • NMDA Encephalitis

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
Rebecca

A Fighter With Heart

Rebecca's Brave Recovery from Heart Transplant
Rebecca has always been a fighter, even before birth. The 12-year-old was diagnosed in utero with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect. Throughout her life, Rebecca has endured a variety of procedures related to her diagnosis, but none prevented her from enjoying her...

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  • Pre/Post Organ & Stem Cell Transplant
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Heart Transplant
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Acquired Brain Injury

Nicole's Miraculous Recovery

Driven Teen Battles Back from Cancer and Strokes
Nicole began her junior year at Greenwich High School with much to look forward to. An honors student and tri-varsity athlete, the vivacious teen was looking forward to learning to drive and prepping for college. A diagnosis of leukemia was not in the plans. Nonetheless, when she received the news...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Leukemia
  • Stroke

Bringing Emilie Back

Eight-year-old Emilie recognized recording artist and American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. the moment he entered her room... but not for his musical prowess. Emilie was delighted to meet the star of one of her favorite movies, A Dolphin Tale . Emilie’s recall of the movie also marked...

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  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Acquired Brain Injury

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