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Twenty-four hours in a day.

One baby boy, 14 months old, did very poorly in surgery, due to not tolerating anesthesia well.  He ended up in the ICU, with round-the-clock care by Healing the Children, Northeast.  He is a child with many health concerns, some of which were not previously known.  It was up and down, back and forth…in the end, he was fine.

Those who stayed with him all night long, our pediatrician Dave Fenner being one, went back to the hotel in the afternoons to catch a few hours’ nap, and returned again, to spend the night monitoring his condition through the wee hours.

By Friday, when it was time to pack up and go, he was fit as a fiddle, in Mom’s arms.  Nobody would be able to tell by looking at him that there was ever a problem.  The overnight team…they looked a bit worse for wear.  I saw quite a few team members wipe away tears as we said goodbye to this little boy.  He has a sweet little cupid’s bow now, and quite a story to tell.

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About Shari Salzhauer Berkowitz

Shari is a speech language pathologist and assistant professor of communication disorders at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
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