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Riley Child Life Specialists


  • Services include: education about diagnosis; distraction during medical procedures; sibling support; therapeutic play; playrooms; special visitors and celebrations.
  • Children who receive Child Life services experience less fear, anxiety, pain and emotional distress.
  • Child Life currently offers support to all Riley Hospital inpatients, plus outpatients in Day Surgery, Emergency Department, Radiology, Hematology/Oncology and Urology.

What It’s Like to “Bee” a Riley Kid

Meet 4-year-old Brooklyn DeWitt! Brooklyn is a happy preschooler who loves to sing, dance and swim. But this little girl had to fight for every milestone, and it’s taken a team of Riley specialists to give her the chance to live such a full life.

Before Brooklyn was born, doctors discovered she had Down syndrome, along with heart defects and a stomach condition. Her mother, Courtney DeWitt, worked closely with her maternal-fetal medicine specialist to plan for Brooklyn’s birth and care. She was six days old when Riley Heart Surgeon Mark Turrentine, M.D., performed heart surgery. A few days later, Riley Pediatric Surgeon Karen West, M.D., corrected several problems in Brooklyn’s abdomen. Today, Brooklyn is doing great, and receives follow-up care from many specialists at Riley.

“Riley saved my little girl,” says Courtney, Brooklyn’s mom. “They fixed all her broken parts and helped get her to a place where she was healthy enough to go home and thrive. I owe everything to Riley because Riley gave me my everything: my daughter!”

Year Round Magic for Riley Kids

Riley kids don’t just dress up for Halloween. Go beyond October with us and get a closer look at one of our favorite events for Riley kids: the Riley Cancer Center Family Prom!

At the Riley Cancer Center Family Prom more than 250 patients, family members and staff from Riley Hospital for Children enjoy a magnificent evening of dancing, food and fun. A special thank you to Women for Riley for organizing this annual event for these deserving families.