We would like to introduce you to a remarkable little girl named Symphony. In August 2006, when Symphony was just three months old, she was diagnosed with SBS (Shaken Baby Syndrome). Symphony’s mother, Gretchen, writes:
“When I found out that my daughter had been a victim of child abuse, the feeling was surreal.
I was in shock and I felt like I was in the middle of a nightmare. I wanted someone to wake me up.”
From that moment on, their lives had changed forever. Symphony, and children like her, have a wide-range of medical conditions as a result of SBS and she wears a medical alert ID daily in the event of an emergency. Symphony is in a wheelchair and she attends therapy sessions five to six times per week, which include physical, occupational, and speech therapies. Doctors that are visited regularly include pediatric, neurology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, and orthopedics.
Despite some grim predictions, Symphony has thrived.
“I was told by medical professionals that my daughter would never walk, talk, or eat on her own. With the help of therapies and amazing doctors, Symphony can now take a few steps with an assistive device called a Kaye walker, she talk and talks and TALKS, and she eats.”
Symphony is approaching her 4th year of being named Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Miracle Child through The Children’s Miracle Network of Hershey, PA. The Children’s Miracle Network helps kids in local communities by raising funds for the hospital in their community.
With a birthday coming up, Symphony is ready to celebrate!
Gretchen says, “She’s so ‘girly girl’, and she loves her Lauren’s Hope medical ID jewelry.” We wish Symphony another year of success and growth. She is truly a miracle!
Here are some resources regarding SBS (Shaken Baby Syndrome):
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome: http://www.dontshake.org.
The Shaken Baby Alliance: http://www.shakenbaby.com/
About Shaken Baby Syndrome: http://www.aboutshakenbaby.com/
Pennsylvania Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention and Awareness Program: http://www.pennstatehershey.org/web/shakenbaby/home/program