2016 Speak Now For Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero: Casey
At 29 weeks, Casey and her twin, Coral, were born after a sudden rupture forced their mom into labor. Shortly after birth, Casey experienced many health complications, including several episodes of brady-cardia, respiratory distress, apnea of prematurity, low red blood cell levels and more. The medical staff at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo carefully monitored Casey for 10 weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), continually providing compassionate and professional care to Casey and her family during this scary time. Following a routine brain scan during her stay in the NICU, Casey was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
A few months after turning three, Casey flew to another children’s hospital for a special procedure known as selective dorsal rhizotomy. The operation greatly improved Casey’s range of motion; it has enabled her to walk with flat feet, reducing the pain she used to feel and increasing her balance. Since the procedure, Casey has continued to receive therapy and developmental monitoring services at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo to keep her on track as best as possible.
Now 10-years-old, Casey is healthy and making steady progress. Throughout her life, Casey has seen numerous specialists in cardiology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, nutrition, neurology, endocrinology and pulmonology. Casey’s family sincerely believes that the life- changing services provided by Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo drastically improved Casey’s overall quality of life. Even though she still faces some physical challenges, she participates in a wide-variety of activities with other kids her age, such as bike riding, ice skating, swimming and practicing karate. Casey is a determined and empathetic little girl; she hopes to become a physical therapist someday to help kids just like her.