Imagine lifting your six-month-old baby from her crib and hearing her cry out in pain as her tiny leg catches in your shirt. For most babies, this would be no reason for concern. For Jeannette Finch, now seven years old, her father’s simple action caused a hairline fracture in her femur.
Jeannette’s parents, John and Carol, had feared this “first break” since before their daughter was born, when genetic tests confirmed that Jeannette had inherited a rare disorder known as osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) or “brittle bone disease.” Her father knows the pain of OI first-hand, as John inherited OI from his own mother and has had more than 50 fractures since birth. Read More>>
With a big sister at home, when Grace and her twin arrived, the babies were double the blessing for their parents, Michelle and Anthony. But as Grace approached her first birthday, she suddenly changed from an easy-going infant to one who was fussy and squirmy. Her parents noticed Grace was especially cranky when she sat in her high chair.
When Grace stopped wetting and soiling her diapers, her parents rushed her to the pediatrician, who sent the baby directly to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. There, tests revealed a shocking diagnosis: Malignant Sacrococcygeal Teratoma Tumor. Read More>>
In January 2008 when Jamie Cline went into labor a month early with her second daughter Jenna, she had no idea her baby girl was about to defy all odds and would one day be described as “a miracle on top of a miracle.”
Before Jamie was rushed to the birthing hospital for an emergency caesarean section, the placenta had separated from the uterus, depriving Jenna of oxygen. Her umbilical cord was also wrapped twice around her neck. When she was delivered, Jenna wasn’t breathing and CPR was implemented. Read More>>
When a child has cancer, families often travel hundreds, even thousands of miles, uprooting their lives to give their child the very best hope for survival. But when two-and-a-half-year-old Logan was diagnosed with cancer, his parents learned they didn’t have to travel far at all. They found world-class pediatric cancer care right here in Rhode Island. Read More>>
As we mark 20 years since becoming Hasbro Children’s Hospital, we look back at the patients that have come through our doors. Hasbro Children’s Hospital has healed a generation of children, helping them grow into healthy adults. As part of this community, we’ve provided advanced care and research to help our boys and girls overcome the common and the not-so-common diseases of childhood. Read more>>
Meet Chris McKeon, featured patient at the Hasbro Children's Hospital Monopoly Ball and Hasbro Children's Hospital's first brain surgery patient. Read more >>
Caleb was six when he started to complain of “brain aches,” which were followed by an inability to cope with almost any sound--a crayon rolling on a desk would have him screaming in pain. Caleb would stay in his dark room and his mother, Dawn, would play quiet games with him, but his behavior was becoming as dark as the room and she was afraid she was losing him. Read more >>
Kristen Kasper was born with one leg shorter than the other—the result of a congenital condition called fibular hemimelia—and the dwarfed leg only had three toes. Kristen was only two weeks old when a surgeon at a premier children’s hospital said he would take care of both problems by amputating the little baby’s leg. Read more >>
Emma was the featured patient at this year's Hasbro Children's Hospital Play-Doh Ball. Click here to watch a video about her story and see photos from the Hasbro Children's Hospital Play-Doh Ball. Read more >>
Click here to listen to Dorian's Story featured on the 2013 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon. Read more >>
Meet Kiley and Alia
Click here to listen to Kiley and Alia's Story featured on the 2013 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon.
When a baby is born with a serious birth defect, where the infant is treated can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Joe and Holly DiRaffaele know firsthand how critical it is to have a world class children’s hospital here in Rhode Island, and every day they are thankful for the lifesaving care their baby boy received at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Read more>>