Finding New Ways to Interact
Parents and guardians had not been able to visit their child at Elizabeth Seton Children's Center since March 13, 2020, when the governor's executive order banned nursing home visitation.
The center facilitated safe playground visits.
While it was heartbreaking for families to not be able to kiss, hug or hold their child, the fact that no child at Elizabeth Seton Children's Center has tested positive for the virus during the pandemic provided them with peace of mind.
The duPont Hospital for Children set up mobile COVID testing stations for their patients and partnered with local officials to offer testing for first responders.
Stepping into the Unknown
Pediatric infectious diseases specialist Allison Eckard, M.D., and Andrew Atz, M.D., cardiologist and chairman of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina consult on treatment for a patient diagnosed with MIS-C, a COVID-19 complication.
A hospital schoolteacher at Children's of Mississippi helps a patient stay up to date with lessons.
Sometimes PPE Can be Fun
Fischer is decked out in personal protection equipment and ready for action.
Not content with simply wearing a mask, the animated 5-year-old opted for full protective garb as part of his preoperative medical play with a Shriners Hospitals for Children child life specialist. The engaging play session was designed to help prepare Fischer for preoperative procedures including COVID-19 swab, IV placement and anesthesia masking.
Grandpas Know Best
When 4-year-old Lucy was admitted to Wolfson Children’s Hospital to begin her fight against cancer, only her mother could accompany her due to COVID-19 visitation restrictions. But her mom wasn’t the only one there for Lucy.
The day Lucy was admitted, her grandfather drove to Jacksonville from Tallahassee to support them. So he could find the room, made a giant heart sign to put in the window. The next day, the grandfather bought supplies to make a giant heart of his own to let Jessica and Lucy know he was there for them.
Lucy came to the window every morning to wave to her grandfather. And every morning, he was there.
Box Push Champion
When Artamus began the process of limb lengthening on his upper leg, his doctors at Scottish Rite for Children prepared him for the treatment to be physically and mentally difficult. As the bone is lengthened, the soft tissue, muscles and ligaments need to be strong and growing as well, which means resting and taking it easy isn't an option.
Artamus is doing everything in his power to have the best outcome, and that includes working hard during physical therapy, even with his mask on.