Hopeful Karla & Her Son

My Blythedale Experience
Blythedale is a magical place with very special people working in every department. My family’s experience from admission to discharge one we will treasure forever….it was priceless. We will always cherish our memories in the month of October 2013. My autistic son has late stage Lyme...

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  • Complex Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

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

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

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