State: Brooklyn, NY
Facility: Maimonides Medical Center
Dominick is an 11-year-old boy who was admitted for a perforated acute appendicitis and had surgery on his appendix to remove a large infected area. Dominick was subjected to a nasal tube and other procedures during his time here which were invasive and difficult to endure. He has been extremely brave throughout his hospitalization. Originally, Dominick was very quiet for most of his stay, uninterested in playing videogames or watching movies like many of the other children. But recently he has begun walking around the halls, talking and smiling. He even asked his mother if receiving the HERO award was a ‘prank’!