Category: Story of the Month

Kaylie, Young & Healthy’s Youngest client

At only 13 hours old, Kaylie takes the prize as Young & Healthy’s youngest client ever!

Kaylie was born at home. She was taken to her pediatrician’s office to be examined. Everything seemed to be going well until her pediatrician noticed that Kaylie seemed to have hip dysplasia. The doctor told Kaylie’s parents that she was going to refer their baby to a pediatric orthopedist. Kaylie’s parents informed the pediatrician that their insurance only covered well baby visits.

Luckily, the pediatrician is a Young & Healthy volunteer and called us right away.

Our case managers were ablt to connect the family with Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Thankfully, Kaylie’s condition is one that is easily remedied. She will continue to receive follow up care and is well on her way to being a normal, happy and active infant!

A Life-Altering Moment

What started off as a routine trip became a life-altering moment for 15-year-old Adela. She, her mom, grandmother and her beloved dog set out to do routine errands. In an instant, an accident claimed the life of her mother and dog.

She was cared for at our wonderful partner hospital, Huntington Memorial. Her injuries were temporary but understandably her heartache and her grief were enormous. Grandma, too, was traumatized. Knowing that Adela was uninsured, our colleague and social worker contacted Young & Healthy for follow-up care.

While there are few therapists who specialize in grief–let alone childhood grief–Young & Healthy is lucky to have such a volunteer. Connections were made and now Adela has the ongoing support of a therapist who will help guide her through the many transitions this accident created. Life is certainly not fair, and we are grateful to this volunteer who can help Adela regain her footing.

I am just so sick, I probably won’t be around much longer

As a mother, I cannot imagine how awful it would be to hear my special needs child verbalize “I am just so sick, I probably won’t be around much longer”.

Twelve-year-old Isabella was very fragile. She had uncontrolled seizures, unexplained weight loss and found school really hard. Her mom was a little lost too, not really sure how she could help. Isabella and her brother were provided with a volunteer medical home where, for the first time, ONE doctor would provide comprehensive care. Finally someone who could really help! Many appointments and many medication adjustments later, Isabella is a bit more stable and her mom can even tackle her educational needs. Our Young & Healthy staff continues to provide translation services for all their medical appointments and has been instrumental in helping the family understand how to use the special education services available to Isabella.

Many hands make light work–many hearts give hope.