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Pediatric patient goes home for the first time with help from Good Shepherd’s Bridge to Home Program

Love and her parents inside the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem, PA

For the first time ever, 5-month-old Love went home to her parents and six siblings this week.

Born with a cyst in her airway that was removed at birth and needing a trach to breathe, Love came to our Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem to be able to go home safely. After spending time in our Bridge to Home inpatient rehabilitation program, Love is eating fully by mouth, and her family is trained on trach and emergency management of having a child with additional respiratory needs at home.

To mark the special moment in young Love’s life, the Good Shepherd Pediatrics team joined Love and her parents in a ceremonial butterfly release on Tuesday. The ceremony, says Administrative Director of Pediatrics Amanda Kleckner, symbolizes patients going off “to live their beautiful new life, like the caterpillar to a butterfly.”

For the first time ever, 5-month-old Love went home to her parents and six siblings this week.

Born with a cyst in her airway that was removed at birth and needing a trach to breathe, Love came to our Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem to be able to go home safely. After spending time in our Bridge to Home inpatient rehabilitation program, Love is eating fully by mouth, and her family is trained on trach and emergency management of having a child with additional respiratory needs at home.

To mark the special moment in young Love’s life, the Good Shepherd Pediatrics team joined Love and her parents in a ceremonial butterfly release on Tuesday. The ceremony, says Administrative Director of Pediatrics Amanda Kleckner, symbolizes patients going off “to live their beautiful new life, like the caterpillar to a butterfly.”

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Learn more about the Bridge to Home Program: https://www.goodshepherdrehab.org/condition/bridge-to-home-program/

Posted by Good Shepherd Pediatrics on Thursday, August 19, 2021

To learn more about Good Shepherd’s Bridge to Home Program, call 1-888-44-REHAB or request an appointment online.