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

Addiena's Story

Watch Addiena's story and learn more about her journey - overcoming complications of prematurity - to go home with her adoring parents...

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  • Post Acute Neonatal Care
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Extreme Prematurity
  • Micro Preemie
  • Chronic Lung Disease
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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

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
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Arriyana Doesn't Let Pulmonary Hypertension Keep Her Down

16-month-old Ariyana was born at a mere 25-weeks gestation, weighing only 15 ounces. Her immediate medical needs were highly complex, given her extreme prematurity. She had several serious complications, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia and retinopathy of prematurity. She was also diagnosed...

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  • Pulmonary Insufficiency
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Assistive Technology Keeps Nick on Top of his Game

17-year-old Nicholas has not let his diagnosed athetoid cerebral palsy and seizure disorder hold him back. The Ossining tenth-grader is an avid athlete who enjoys baseball, swimming and yoga; however, increased communication and academic demands began to pose a challenge for Nicholas. Almost a...

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  • Assistive Technology
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)

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