Formerly Conjoined Twins Admitted to Blythedale
Comprehensive Rehabilitation on Tap for McDonald Boys
Blythedale Children’s Hospital announced today that formerly conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald have been admitted to the Hospital’s Infant & Toddler Unit for comprehensive rehabilitation. This follows the life-saving surgery to separate them at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore on October 14.
The boys, following evaluation by their new clinical care teams at Blythedale, will be immersed in a daily regimen of physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapy. They will receive post-surgical medical management, provided by specialists in pediatrics, neonatalogy, physical medicine and rehabilitation, nursing, social work, Child Life, and the Hospital’s developmental specialists.
“Blythedale is well suited to provide state of the art acute rehabilitation to the most medically fragile children,” said Dr. Scott Klein, Blythedale’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Pediatrics. "Jadon and Anias came into Blythedale as two individuals – each with their own unique capabilities and needs. The team will develop a care plan tailored specifically to each but they will share this experience as brothers. As they have all along, Jadon and Anias’ parents will be an integral part of the team helping them achieve the best outcome”
About Blythedale Children’s Hospital
As New York’s only freestanding, specialty children’s hospital, Blythedale is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of children with medical complexity, not only through superb multi-disciplinary patient care, but also through teaching, research, and advocacy programs. Blythedale’s board-certified physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff (social workers, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, Child Life specialists, etc.) and New York State’s largest hospital-based pediatric therapy department work together to provide intensive and innovative multi-disciplinary clinical and therapeutic care to help children achieve their medical and rehabilitative goals for independent living, and return to their communities. Blythedale is also the only Hospital in New York State with its own, on-site public school district.
For more information about Blythedale Children’s Hospital, visit www.blythedale.org.