Letter From Our President—Summer 2017

July 28, 2017
Dr. Gary Goldstein

At Kennedy Krieger Institute, we treat 24,000 patients a year. They come from other continents, countries and states, and from right here in Maryland and Baltimore. Often, they’re here because they’re not able to get the help and care they need anywhere else.

This issue of Potential introduces you to a few of those patients. Doctors, therapists and other Institute specialists worked with Kat, 7, pictured on the cover, to help her recover from a traumatic dog attack that left her severely traumatized, with wounds all over her body and a paralyzed left arm. Recently, she started feeling the positive results of nerve surgery and therapy performed on her arm, and she’s looking forward to playing, unassisted, with Lego bricks again.

We’re one of the top hospitals in the country for treating children with acute flaccid myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord, and that’s why a Pennsylvania doctor recommended that Sebastian be brought to our hospital right away. The disorder is rare, but it paralyzes children’s limbs, taking away their ability to walk and be independent. Rehabilitation therapy is long and arduous, but Sebastian, only 6, embraces his therapy with a superhero’s spirit.

Mustafa, 8, is one of our newer patients and is hard of hearing. He was born abroad and lacked access to language for years. This past spring, he was seen for the first time at Kennedy Krieger, and he’s already learning American Sign Language. Julian, who’s entering his senior year of high school this fall, is also hard of hearing. He’s been working with our therapists and doctors since he was a child and is doing so well that he’s applying to college in the fall.

This issue of Potential also features the inspiring stories of Zyaira (traumatic stress) and Sarah Todd (transverse myelitis). I hope you enjoy reading about their journeys, and I wish you well on the journeys that await you this summer and fall. As always, we’re grateful for your interest and support.

Sincerely,

Gary W. Goldstein, MD
President and CEO

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