Stories of Potential

Never Say Never

Elise
Babbitt
Determined Young Woman Refuses to Let Cerebral Palsy Conquer Her Dreams

Liza Patchel and Her MomLiza Patchel has grown used to being told of the many things she will never do. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, doctors said she would never speak or walk. When she enrolled in public school, administrators said she would never play for their sports teams. Even as she studied her way to good grades, "experts" told Liza that she would never go to college.

Duty, Honor, Country: Students Find Sense of Belonging in Young Marines Unit for Kids with Special Needs

Courtney
McGrath

Young Marines at Kennedy Krieger High SchoolAdolescence isn't easy it's a tough road filled with all sorts of risky possibilities, from school failure and conflict with parents to more dangerous threats like involvement in drugs and gangs.

Treating ADHD

Kennedy Krieger's Center for Development and Learning Helps Children with ADHD Lead Fuller Lives

Kerrel Williams with Pediatric Nurse PractitionerEach year, Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Development and Learning evaluates and treats several thousand children with ADHD. The evaluation includes a detailed medical, developmental and behavioral history of the child.

New Life, New Challenges: Young Mom with Spina Bifida Grows with Kennedy Krieger

Courtney
McGrath

Krystal Spencer with Her SonWhen Krystal Spencer came to Kennedy Krieger for her regular clinic visit in September, she couldn't resist showing off her baby son Justin. A Kennedy Krieger patient for more than a decade, Spencer is a familiar face to many of the physicians, nurses and therapists in the Outpatient department all of whom were thrilled to see that one of their patient had delivered a healthy baby boy.

Attitude Adjustment

Courtney
McGrath
Tantrums, Biting, Crying -- Every Parent Struggles with Them from Time to Time, But When Misbehavior Intensifies, It Can Traumatize the Entire Family.

Sixteen-year-old Travis Smith can't wait to try out for his Baltimore City high school's football team next fall. He's a lot like most boys his age: non-stop energy. Today, that energy is channeled positively, a big change from when he first started school. Back then, his mother Natasha Lewis was at her wits end, receiving phone calls practically on a daily basis telling her to come pick him up from school. The reasons varied: Travis had hit another child. Travis had lashed out at a teacher or an aide. Travis was threatening to jump from the roof of the school.

One Step at a Time

Allison
Eatough
Specialized Transition Program Paves the Way for Recovery and Independence

Ritchie JacobRiding a bicycle comes as second nature to most 15-year-old boys. But for Richie Jacob, it was a major milestone. Three months earlier, Richie couldn't walk. He could barely talk. Doctors gave him a 50 percent chance of survival.

Against All Odds

Courtney
McGrath
Pre-Teen with Cerebral Palsy Defies Skeptics and Learns to Walk

The day Sheiku Koroma was born in 1994, his parents had no reason to anticipate the challenges he'd face growing up. He seemed healthy at first, like any other newborn. But a severe infection combined with increased newborn jaundice led to an injury in the basal ganglia region of his brain, an area controlling movement and speech. As a result, Sheiku developed extraparymidal cerebral palsy, which affects his entire body and is accompanied by uncontrollable movements called choreoathetosis.

Living the Possibility

Courtney
McGrath
Kennedy Krieger Spokesman Proves That Recovery Is Possible Following A Spinal Cord Injury

Patrick RummerfieldFor someone who has been paralyzed from the neck down, the idea of ever walking again, driving a car or even doing something as simple as giving a friend a hug probably seems like a distant dream.

Balancing Act

Courtney
McGrath
Cranial-Cervical Clinic Focuses on Prevention and Treatment of Head Tilts and Malformations

Little Eric Miller* had a rough start in life. Struggling with severe acid reflux from the time he was just a few days old, he spent much of his first few months shuttling from one doctor to another, enduring countless X-rays, CT scans and other tests. Mom Brenda Baker*, desperate to relieve his discomfort, decided to keep him propped up as much as possible, even putting him in his car seat to sleep. She began to notice that his head seemed larger than normal and tilted to the right.

Dynamic Duo

Courtney
Jolley
A year after a horrifying car accident, siblings fight to regain skills and abilities in Kennedy Krieger Brain Injury program

The Frost FamilyFor the Frost family, the first miracle happened when their family survived a horrific car crash that could easily have ended in tragedy.

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