TALKRADIO 77 WABCs Holiday Radiothon for the Kids at Cohen Childrens Medical Center
PATIENT NAME: Adrian Camacho
PATIENT AGE: 7
PATIENT DIAGNOSIS: Sickle Cell Anemia
- Found out through amniocentesis (20 weeks pregnant) that Adrian would be born with sickle cell anemia
- Mom hadnt heard of it before but the doctor (not associated with NWH) made it seem like the most horrible disease and that her child was going be a complete monster and that she should terminate the pregnancy. She refused and they dropped her as a patient.
- Many doctors would not take her because she was too far along, a high risk, and sickle cell.
- Saw a doctor through LIJ – ob/gyn department, they not only took her but embraced her and said they would take care of her and her baby.
- Adrian was breech and mom needed c-section, pediatric and specialist doctors were all there, and he was born perfectly fine.
- Didnt need to see hematology until about 6-9months with first episode – strong pain, or blood cells group up and get stuck, and can form blood clot, no cure but treatment
- There was finally a cure five years later, bone marrow transplant.
- Almost everyone in the family was tested including an unborn sibling – but no one was a match. Doctors suggested that they test his older sister Anaya – Mom remembers vividly Donna Brauer, NP, telling her his sister was 100% match!
- It took a year of prepping for both kids. 2018 – September 18th Anaya & 19th Adrians surgery
- Adrian lived in the hospital – home away from home; sometimes excited to go, has much love for all of the employees – made my kid not afraid of being in the hospital.
LISTEN TO CURTIS & JULIET SPEAK WITH ADRIAN’S MOTHER, MELISSA ASTACIO, ABOUT THE DIAGNOSIS AND THE CARE FROM COHEN’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.
On Friday, December 13th TALKRADIO 77 WABCs Bernie & Sid in the Morning and Curtis & Juliet will be broadcasting live from Cohen Childrens Medical Center in New Hyde Park
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Funds raised during the radiothon will be used to improve life-saving patient care and equipment, pediatric research, Child Life services, and charitable cases.
This means that the money goes when and where it is needed most. If a piece of equipment is needed to enhance care and save more lives, it will be purchased with the funds you are contributing!