Speaking of Children – Spring Edition now available!

March 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

Visit www.bcchf.ca to read the new issue of Speaking of Children

In this issue we look at how children and teens with chronic illness and disability are affected by innovations in treatment and the very real changes it has on their lives.

One of the often overlooked developments in recent years is that, even though many pediatric diseases are reducing in frequency, the intensity of illness is increasing. BC Children’s Hospital expects that in the near future the vast majority of beds will be occupied by children with chronic and increasingly complex conditions.

The good news is that as a result of medical breakthroughs – many of which are funded through donor support – we are finding new and better ways to treat some of these conditions; conditions that steal the quality of life from our most vibrant members of society.

As a result of these tremendous innovations, children and young adults with significant health problems are living longer and stronger lives than they were ever able to in the past.

In this issue we see how new technologies in the form of minimally invasive surgery helped one young lady – our cover girl – stand straight after living with a spine bent by scoliosis. Another story is about a young athlete who is set free from a lifetime of medication with a simple, yet groundbreaking procedure. Our third story is about a young girl being equipped with a device to help her breath on her own – the first time since she was paralyzed in a car accident.

These are stories about the innovations our doctors and researchers work toward every day – and what happens to the young people who benefit from those breakthroughs.

Read the Spring issue of Speaking of Children here, and let us know what you think!

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Entry filed under: Angelina, At the Hospital, Foundation, Speaking of Children.

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