From Riley Kid to College Student: Incalculable Impact

September 28, 2017
Topics: Heart (cardiology), Riley Kid Story, Neurology

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Madeline Moeller, Rochester, Ind.

The impact Riley has had on my life is incalculable.

I came to Riley Hospital as an infant after being diagnosed with Turner Syndrome. I remember being a part of the Lilly toddler growth hormone study. I am so thankful I got to be a part of this study, beginning daily growth hormone shots at age 3. This treatment was definitely successful for me.

My favorite memory was probably the day I got my BAHA (cochlear implant) sound processor activated last spring. Being able to hear again was unbelievable. I also had patella realignment surgery at Riley. I am so thankful for this procedure, as I was able to walk and play varsity sports without my knee going out. 

Riley is an amazing place. I am so thankful for Riley and everything they have done for me. I have been a patient in the cardiology, endocrinology, orthopaedic, dermatology, otolaryngology, neurology and audiology departments. Doctors Ora Pescovitz, Randall Caldwell, Zeina Nabhan and Charles Yates have all done an excellent job taking care of me and my health, always caring about me individually as well as a patient. All of the nurses, notably including Lori Feezle of endocrinology, are really special to me. I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Donna Segal, AuD, CCC-A, who went above and beyond helping me when I lost much of my hearing in 2016. 

Today, I am a college student at Saint Mary’s College, and I continue to be seen by Riley’s cardiology and audiology teams. I love Riley because of the caring staff members and doctors. Riley has enabled me to be as healthy as possible and become who I am today. 

Madeline Moeller

Madeline Moeller is a longtime Riley Hospital for Children patient who is now a junior at Saint Mary’s College studying accounting and finance. She grew up with two brothers on her family’s farm in Rochester, Ind., where she was heavily active in FFA and 4-H. The Caston High School graduate enjoys golfing, service work, and attending Notre Dame football games.

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