Winter Wives’ Tale

The University of Maryland Children’s Hospital sets the record straight…

Put on your hat since you lose most of your body heat through your head.”
This is not necessarily true! Your body heat escapes from any exposed area- so if you had on snow pants and a T-shirt and you forget your hat and jacket, the most amount of heat would escape through your arms- since that would be the largest exposed part of your body. Putting on winter accessories such as hats, mittens and scarves is still a very good idea to avoid the outside dangers of frostbite and hypothermia.

You will get sick if you go outside with wet hair.”
This is another winter wives’ tale. While your kids may be cold, they won’t actually catch a cold by venturing outdoors with a wet head. Germs are spread by people, and temperature simply doesn’t play a part.

 

Seven-Year-Old Leukemia Patient Raises $1,800 to “Find A Cure for Cancer”

By Chris Lindsley
UMMC Blog Editor

Seven-year-old Brasen VonMoose-Lemin had the idea to set up a lemonade stand to help “his” hospital. What he didn’t have were any limitations on what his fundraiser for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (UMCH) could accomplish. “I want to help find a cure for childhood cancer,” he said.

Brasen has battled leukemia since 2008, and has grown close to the doctors and staff at UMCH. After seeing information about a fundraiser for Johns Hopkins, he said “my hospital needs one of these.”

What started off as a lemonade stand selling brownies turned into a full-scale fundraiser with donations from local businesses that raised more than $1,800 for UMCH, which he presented to pediatric oncologist Dr. Teresa York.

“Brasen had the money he raised in a bag, and asked me to guess how much was there,” Dr. York said. “I guessed $250. He then broke into a big smile and said, “I’ve raised more than EIGHTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS.” I could not believe it. What a wonderful gift and insight he has at such a young age.”

Said Brasen about the contents of his paper bag. “I never saw so much money before.”

Brasen’s treatments are going well, and his attitude and outlook have inspired Dr. York and other members of his care team.

“Brasen is an inspiration to all of us with his courage and strength,” said Dr. York. “I am amazed at his dedication to fighting leukemia, his will to live and how his fight has touched so many lives.”

His mother Cherie said she wasn’t surprised when Brasen mentioned his fundraising idea.

“He likes helping others, and he doesn’t want other kids to go through what he has,” Cherie said. “He wants to continue to have an annual fundraiser every year until there is a cure for childhood cancer.”

For his part, Brasen says simply, “I don’t think about my problems when helping others.”

“Terrified” Parents Grateful for Care, Concern & Compassion

By Matt Christopher

My 14-month-old son, Cameron [right, with me and my wife, Nikki], was seen in the University of Maryland Medical Center’s children’s hospital for a MRSA infection from Christmas night until January 4th. Being first-time parents, we were terrified.

Our night started out at Easton Hospital, with one of your crews picking him up and providing outstanding service the whole ride. We then were received into the children’s emergency department and were well taken care of. Then we were transferred to the PICU, where our level of care continued to awe us. Our nurse Davita took wonderful care of our son and us. My wife and I still talk about her concern and compassion for all of us.

The whole team in the children’s hospital was wonderful and words cannot completely describe how amazing the care we received there was. Everyone from the doctors, nurses, and even the cleaning staff was wonderful. The housekeeper, Maria, would see us and ask how he was doing. Davita checked on us even when we had moved wards. It was plain to see that everyone there considers it more than just a job.

As a business manager I am awed at the wonderful employees your institution has working there. Our last nurse’s assistant, Nikki, was able to relate to us and would ask us if we needed anything any time she saw us in the halls. Dr. Mary Boyd checked up on us constantly and became a quick friend. It’s easy to see why you are an award-winning hospital. You have exceeded expectations from myself and all of my family. I am still so amazed that not a day goes by that I don’t tell one of my customers about the experience that we had during our 11-day stay.

I still cannot believe the service we got while there. We were treated as if we were royalty. That being said, I saw every patient there being treated the same way. Even the receptionist in the PICU would ask us if we needed anything. The ENT surgeons would check in to see if we had any questions or if we needed anything. The thing is, everyone that asked us this meant it. You have my vote as the hospital of the decade. … For such a horrible time, the whole experience was made better by your wonderful staff.