That’s how long it took to bring baby Kassiani (Kassi) home from the hospital.
In reality, Christine and Billy had waited much longer for their big, beautiful family. Christine had suffered multiple miscarriages before having a beautiful, healthy son and daughter—Demetri and Sophia.
Things were a little different when Kassi came along. Born prematurely at 31 weeks with Down syndrome, Kassi’s troubles were just beginning. She faced heart issues, breathing problems, kidney disease and feeding issues. But with a determined family and a hospital dedicated to caring for children with complex health issues, Kassi’s outlook is bright. The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Fetal, Maternal & Neonatal Institute managed and coordinated her early care, working to build her strength and size so she could thrive on her own.
These days at age 2, Kassi is thriving and loving every minute of her young life.
“Kassiani is amazing. She’s just light,” Christine says with wonder. “She just brings joy to everybody who meets her.”
Kassi has received care from multiple physicians, specialists and therapists at Johns Hopkins All Children’s throughout her young life to get her in such good shape. She remains in physical therapy and requires medical follow-up but her happy parents can’t believe how far she has come.
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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital began as a hospital for critically ill children in St. Petersburg, Florida in the 1920s. By the 1950s, the hospital had evolved to become the free-standing children’s hospital for this region, caring for children with serious illnesses. Today, after more than 90 years of commitment to the community, we are expanding our role in medical research and becoming an academic health center with the broad reach to change the lives of children in Florida and the world. We are committed to medical research because of the potential for new treatments and cures.
We are continuing to build our four institutes:
Institute for Brain Protection Sciences
Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute
Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute.
We are recruiting leadership for these institutes---seeking the top talent that will attract the best choices for fellows and residents, key in our quest to become a top academic teaching facility.
Named a top-50 children's hospital by U.S. News & World Report, we provide access to the most innovative treatments and therapies for families across Florida without regard to race, creed or ability to pay.