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Baby Girl Overcomes Multiple Medical Obstacles

Baby Girl Overcomes Multiple Medical Obstacles

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An ovarian cancer survivor, Krystle Ellis didn’t think she was ever going to be able to have a baby. For her and her husband, Ricardo, the world changed, when they got the news in February 2012 that Krystle was pregnant. While the Brighton couple firmly believed the pregnancy was a miracle, they had no idea about the journey they had yet to face.
 
From her first ultrasound at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital, Krystle knew something was wrong. The scan showed that baby Brooke’s neck was hyper-extended and her brain and musculoskeletal system weren’t developing correctly. Krystle also had a uterine fibroid tumor that was sitting on top of Brooke’s head, taking up most of her space in the womb.
 
Future children's hospital reached a new construction milestone

Future children's hospital reached a new construction milestone

main loby constructionAs we move into a season of growth and renewal, the construction of UR Medicine’s future Golisano Children’s Hospital, scheduled to open its doors in 2015, continues to progress in many ways. While the finishing touches are being put on the building’s exterior, the installation of the interior details is really just beginning – and we can’t wait to see how they look!

In addition to the exterior framing being close to complete, the interior framing is also almost finished. One of the most exciting steps in the building’s recent progress is the start of the bridge connection, which will allow families, faculty, and staff to commute from the children’s hospital into Strong Memorial Hospital, and vice versa. The bridge is expected to be completed in late summer or early fall.

The new hospital will  provide our region’s families with the best environment for healing, with places for gathering, respite, resting, and playing. Some of the fun features will be the different play areas, including a secret play pod, named by generous children’s hospital supporters Wayne and Beverly LeChase,  in one of the walls of the main lobby. Other play spaces include a special area for teens, multiple interactive games, a play deck and more.

To learn more about how you can be a part of this exciting project, please contact the Advancement Office at (585) 273-5948.

NICU Patient's Fairy Tale Journey

NICU Patient's Fairy Tale Journey

Did you know that Golisano Children's Hospital is not just a place of healing, but also a place of magic and enchantment? The Colon family and their daughter Maiya experienced this magic first hand during Maiya's stay in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Maiya's mother, Maria Colon, has compiled her memories of Maiya's NICU experience into a book titled, Becoming Maiya's Mommy, that dives into Maiya's story with the fairy tale of "Princess Maiya the Mighty," as its introduction. Through Maria's writing, Golisano Children's Hospital is transformed into a land of nursemaids, mighty knights, and powerful wizards all working around the clock to save Princess Maiya the Mighty.

Maiya was born seven weeks early in August 2012. Though she had an easy birth, Maiya was admitted to the NICU at Golisano Children's Hospital because of her premature arrival. For the first few days Maiya was progressing along smoothly, but she, unfortunately, took a turn for the worse and complications stemming from her premature birth began to develop. As Maiya's condition deteriorated, our NICU team sprang into action to stabilize her condition and bring her back to health.

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