As the year draws to a close, many of us can be grateful for family, friends and good health as we celebrate the holidays. But, for so many others who are facing health challenges like a chronic illness, disability or a terminal condition, this is not the case. Fortunately, however, for many of them, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio is providing hope and support during a difficult time.
One of these patients is Carmen, an eight-month-old baby with Downs Syndrome. After spending time in MetroHealth’s NICU, Carmen came home but was still slow feeding, meaning that she wasn’t getting enough nutrients fast enough. Our pediatric nurses made weekly visits to educate her parents on proper formula supplementation and to check on her progress. Because of her Downs, she also needed open heart surgery. She had to be at least 10 pounds. In October, when she was only seven months old, she went in for the surgery. We are proud to tell you that Carmen is thriving and so are her parents, who are grateful for the help from VNA of Ohio for the education and support.
Marie is the daughter of a patient who died at home, with VNA’s hospice team caring for her until the end of her life. For up to a year after her mom passed away, Marie received bereavement services through VNA. She credits VNA with helping to take away the initial shock that comes with losing a loved one and allowing her to be a “professional daughter” and spend precious time with her mother while VNA took care of everything else.
From the beginning to end of life, the VNA has programs that making an enormous difference in the lives of so many every day.
Your charitable contributions help ensure that patients like Carmen and Marie, along with their families, receive the support and care they need regardless of their circumstances.
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You may make your gift by credit card by calling the Development office or online at www.vnaohio.org/donate. We accept matching gifts, appreciated securities and gifts from your IRA if you are age 70 ½ or older. Please call 216-931-1340 to donate or if you have any questions.
Pictured: Carmen and her parents, Javier and Heather