CDTC’s Miracle

CDTC’s Miracle

Miracle came to CDTC when she was 24 weeks-old. She left the NICU with a g-tube to ensure she would get the fluid and calories she needed to grow. She also had deformities in her feet.

She received early intervention services through the Early Steps program and is currently enrolled in our ECHO program and receives Health Education and Medical Case Management as part of our Patient Centered Medical Home.

She has come so very far in her short four and a half years. Miracle’s g-tube has been removed. She’s eating well on her own. Her bubbly personality, quick speed and growing height certainly attest to lots of energy.

Her CDTC care team, lead by Dr. La France, has also been helping to address her feet deformities. Miracle’s been through several surgeries to correct their position. She recently had surgery on her hip and was in a body cast for several weeks. She is now walking with a cool purple walker and getting physical therapy. Miracle is resilient. She’s a fighter and very strong willed. And, it’s guaranteed this vibrant little girl will always be smiling, happy and very talkative!

About our Hero of the Month

Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.

Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.

Thank You to
Our Sponsor

A trip to our Clinic is more than just a doctor’s visit to a child with special healthcare needs.

But, insurance doesn’t cover everything. That’s why your gift is so important.

CDTC HEROES OSIRIS & ODIN

CDTC HEROES OSIRIS & ODIN

Twin brothers Osiris and Odin came to CDTC when they were a few months old. Born at only 28 weeks, the premature babies needed medical care and early intervention services. Both were having feeding issues. Both needed extensive medical follow-up. Without help, they were at risk of developmental delays following several months in the NICU.

First time parents Angie and Enrique were grateful when the staff quickly provided solutions. The boys’ medical and nutritional needs were being met.

The twins were in good hands. They now had a CDTC care team of doctors, nurses, social workers, health educators, nutritionist and early intervention professionals. And, the Center’s Pediatric Dental Clinic would round out their care.

Their seven-year journey has been a long one. Luckily, mom knows she can always call the Center’s Telephone Triage for immediate medical concerns. And, her care coordinators are always there to help navigate the healthcare system and access other medical services the boys need to thrive.

With encouragement, support and guidance from the boys’ team, Mom and Dad are confident they can make informed decisions about their sons’ care.

“Don’t give up,” is Enrique’s greatest advice. “Realize that your child is not broken, just different. Because they will surprise you and rise beyond expectations.”

Today, Osiris and Odin are happy boys engaged in school and learning. The brothers are growing into their own distinctive personalities. One excels at math and the other is more artistic and expressive.

The boys have come so far since their first visit to the Center seven years ago. Every day there are still doctor appointments, blood work, medications and tests. To them, this is life. They just smile and move on without a care in the world.

“I wish I had that kind of strength,” shares mom.

About our Hero of the Month

Each month, CDTC staff nominate one of our children as our Hero of the Month. These special boys and girls are heroes in our eyes. They show strength, perseverance, determination and a positive outlook while facing great challenges.

Their stories are powerful and heartwarming and reflect the impact CDTC and you, our community, has on their daily lives.

Thank You to
Our Sponsor

A trip to our Clinic is more than just a doctor’s visit to a child with special healthcare needs.

But, insurance doesn’t cover everything. That’s why your gift is so important.

CDTC December 2017 Hero of the Month – Sagota

CDTC December 2017 Hero of the Month – Sagota

Sagota was born into a world filled with challenges. Doctors diagnosed her with Vater Syndrome, a combination of several birth defects that frequently occur together and affect multiple areas of the body. Sagota’s physical and genetic anomalies required more than 12 surgeries before she reached her sixth birthday! Continue reading

“When I think what a hero is, it comes down to being brave. Leia’s family is brave. Despite all the challenges and setbacks with her development, they’ve never given up. They have always kept going with what they’ve learnt. Leia is such an amazing little girl that has had to face many challenges at her young age. Her family has been there the entire path and it is truly admirable.”

 – Merlyn Moreira, CDTC Early Steps Service Coordinator

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Going from Fear to Hugs Makes Twins Our Heroes

Going from Fear to Hugs Makes Twins Our Heroes

From Worst Fears to Warm Hugs – Twins Become CDTC Heroes

Twins Jemi and Jemmy first visited CDTC’s Dentist, Dr. Alonso, for a routine cleaning when the clinic opened in 2014. They were just 3 years old at the time.

The boys gave new meaning to being scared of the dentist.

“The first few visits were really bad,” remembers Dr. Alonso. “They would not sit in the chair. They were extra scared.” Continue reading