“Cynthia relied on her own strength”
Cynthia was admitted to White Memorial Medical Center around the holidays for appendicitis. The 5-year-old kindergartener sadly had to spend the holidays in a hospital bed, but bravely dealt with her situation. Here is her story, written by her nominating Child Life Specialist at the hospital.
“Cynthia appeared very nervous when I met her and was in a lot of pain. Despite her feelings, she was open to have special visitors come see her (Santa and other holiday carolers) and provide her with some peace for the time being. Post-surgery, Cynthia was very patient with the many disciplines who came to assist her in healing properly. Cynthia relied on her own strength to ambulate often and engage in play sessions to help her cope.”
Cynthia’s stay lasted seven long days, and she even needed to return four days later for another complication.
“It was very evident that Cynthia had learned a lot about the hospital setting as she adjusted rather quickly with the many and often painful procedures she needed to endure this time around. Cynthia showed trust in her health care providers and family support by listening to our advice and using our examples to help breathe her way through the invasive procedures. We are very proud of Cynthia and consider her our HERO!”
KWN is proud to honor her as a Hero of the Month!