Thank You For Helping Children Like Yaritza
Six-month-old Yaritza Ramirez is clearly adored by her mother, and the medical team that cares for her in the Riley Hospital for Children NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit.) This has been her home since a few days after she was born.
Yaritza has the rare distinction of being the only baby in her unit with an insulin pump. She was born with diabetes, which is very rare in newborns. About 1 in every 400,000 infants is affected. Riley Hospital sees about one such case every other year.
“They have taken very good care of her,” says her soft-spoken mother, Milagro, in her native Spanish.
“It is a multidisciplinary approach,” explains Riley Pediatric Endocrinologist Juan Sanchez, M.D. “She was started on an insulin drip to control her high glucose levels. We also needed to make sure her blood glucose levels did not get too low, as prolonged low blood glucose may cause brain damage.”
Yaritza also had other health complications, including kidney issues and anemia. Jill Meier, RN, taught Milagro also how to use the insulin pump while Social Worker Stephanie Shook provided support and organized care conferences with the entire medical team. As Dr. Sanchez says, “It was an amazing Riley achievement. The NICU staff and NICU nurses and physicians have done an amazing job supporting Yaritza’s family.”
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