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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...


  • Assistive Technology
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)

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...


  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Acquired Brain Injury

Mathew's Perfect Pitch

Thirteen-year-old Mathew was well-known as a baseball prodigy in the Little League community. A versatile player, the talented teen hit more than 70 home runs in one year alone. The road that led him to Blythedale is heart-breaking, but his tenacity and courage in the face of adversity has led to...


  • Severe Burns
cassias and Keaton

Kassius and Keaton's Journey Home

Twins Kassius and Keaton were born at just 30-weeks gestation. During the pregnancy, parents Krissy and Sam learned the boys were monochorionic/diamniotic identical twins, sharing a placenta, but not an amniotic sac. This put the boys at greater risk for significant complications. While Keaton...


  • Post Acute Neonatal Care
  • Extreme Prematurity

Messiah Comes Home

“He is our first child, giving us a run for our money,” said Chappisha Morgan, smiling as she pulled a small shirt over her three-month-old son Messiah’s vertical chest scar. Messiah’s dad, Terrance Mackie, was packing up their belongings for a big family “first...


  • Congenital heart disease

Helping Hands

Children Gain Strength and Function in Summer Upper Extremity Program
For most children, summertime means no school, no classes and no teachers. But, for a small group of motivated youngsters at Blythedale Children’s Hospital, summer means something more. It means heading indoors, slipping on a special blue mitt and working hard to achieve new therapeutic goals...

Visionary Valentino

Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration Sets Sights on Innovative Rehab Project
Electronic music is made for dancing, but for the vision research team of the Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration, plugging in and pumping up the volume is just part of the job when working with Valentino Guidi. Born a healthy baby in 2006, Valentino reached all the...


  • Acquired Brain Injury

Marvelous Mirela

Blythedale Patient Overcomes the Odds to Thrive in Pediatric Long Term Care
In June of 2016, then three-month-old Mirela was admitted to Blythedale’s Infant & Toddler Unit for medical management of her complex condition, and potentially for ventilator weaning. She was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and chronic respiratory failure, as well as congenital...


  • Pulmonary Hypertension
Smiles for Ian

Smiles for Ian

There’s a well-known saying, “Home is where the heart is.” For the Lara family of the Bronx a big piece of their heart was at Blythedale Children’s Hospital. That’s where Ian, their nine-month-old son, has been a patient for more than three months. Born last October,...


  • centronuclear myopathy

Jadon and Anias Take the Next Step... Home

Previously conjoined twins prepare to transition home following comprehensive rehabilitation
The milestones have been plentiful for two-year-old previously conjoined twins, Jadon and Anias McDonald, and on September 2, they added a new one to their growing list... going home. Admitted to Blythedale’s Infant and Toddler Unit for nearly nine months, the boys were all smiles as parents...