2015 Family Advocacy Day Hero -- Kara
You may remember Kara as a previous Family Advocacy Day attendee. Born by emergency Caesarian section when her fetal heart rate dropped, Kara suffered an 80 percent blood loss and wasn't expected to survive. Due to the loss of oxygen, she suffered immediate onset of seizures at birth, had kidney failure and was diagnosed with failure to thrive. Her condition fluctuated daily as Kara underwent reflux surgery and a gastrostomy tube was inserted. At 2 months old, she was stable enough to go home, but faced a long, uncertain road. Kara was immediately admitted to the inpatient day program at Children’s Specialized Hospital. There she received intense daily therapy with a team of professionals who worked with Kara and assisted her family as they learned how to care for her. Today, Kara attends a school for children with special needs full time.
Without Children’s Specialized Hospital the Salvetti family would not have the support needed to raise a child like Kara with all her medical complications. The hospital embraced Kara, and the clinical team, primary care physician, and occupational, speech and physical therapists all strategize together to help her reach her potential—to be the best Kara. It took the village of Children’s Specialized Hospital to raise Kara.