Malka on the Move

When eight-year-old Malka arrived at Blythedale last October, she was a trailblazer in her own right. Malka was born with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart's ability to pump blood is decreased because the heart's left ventricle is enlarged and weakened. Despite her...

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

Blythedale Helps Zoey, and her Mom, Breathe a Little Easier

Zoey has a smile that lights up a room. The exuberant thirteen-month old was born via emergency caesarean section after she and her mother, Melanie, were involved in a car accident. Delivered at just 25-weeks gestation, Zoey - considered a "micro-preemie" - weighed a mere 1 lb., 7 oz...

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  • Post Acute Neonatal Care
  • Micro Preemie
  • Extreme Prematurity
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia/BPD
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

Angel Has Emotional Ties

Rafeena Ali looks at her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Angel Grant and still can’t believe what she sees: a little girl who’s babbling, zooming around the house, and copying everything she sees on Dora the Explorer. "You’d never know how tiny and sick she was,” says...

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  • Post Acute Neonatal Care
  • Extreme Prematurity
  • Micro Preemie

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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