Caring for sick kids goes “beyond the medical,” thanks to child life specialists at Cohen’s Children Medical Center. Dedicated to helping kids overcome fears and embrace hope, these specialists empower kids to handle anything life throws their way.
Kidney disease kept 14-year-old Matthew Francis off the basketball court and on dialysis. The teen received the first-ever kidney transplant at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and has returned to good health — and the basketball court.
Matthew Corti benefits from a cystic fibrosis center in Lake Success, New York, that brings all the care he needs to one location, providing him a familiar comfort and reducing his family’s stress. The foundation of Boomer Esiason, whose son had cystic fibrosis, made the center possible.
An MRI suite that seems more like a theme park ride turns a scary procedure into an adventure for children at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Portholes and planets, stars and spaceships — in a suite “imagined through the mind of a child.”
Sophia Brennan ended up in the North Shore University Hospital NICU when her bilirubin spiked to a dangerous level. For her parents, the nurses became “the community that takes care of your child when you can’t, and you remember it for the rest of your life.” Donors are coming together to support a NICU renovation.
Children dealing with cancer now have a special playroom called Nicky’s Nest at Cohen Children’s Medical Center where they can forget about their treatments and simply be kids. Josephine and Nick Pedone created the playroom in memory of their son Nicholas who at age 7 died from neuroblastoma.
A tiny preemie, weighing only 1 pound, 9 ounces, thrives thanks to a staff that, according to his mother, “treated us like family and provided tremendous encouragement and support,” and because of valuable “kangaroo care” — baby-and-parent skin-to-skin contact for extended periods of time.