Susan J. White 2016-10-28 04:19:15
Coordinated Care Team Puts Ailing Infant on a Healthy Course Charlie Curtis had a rough start to life. Born healthy, the infant developed a potentially deadly bacterial infection in his bloodstream. A series of additional health threats followed. Today, the ever-smiling 1-year-old shows virtually no signs of distress. His mom, Nancy Baker-Curtis, is profusely thankful for NorthShore Pediatrician Belinda Chen, MD, and the coordinated team of specialists committed to keeping him healthy. BABY IN PERIL Flashback to August 2015, when Dr. Chen received a call from Baker-Curtis worried about her newborn’s health. “Charlie had lost a little weight and was acting different,” recalled Baker-Curtis. Mom and son went to see Dr. Chen, who determined that Charlie had lost a profound 8 percent of his birth weight and his body temperature was quite low, signaling dangerous hypothermia. Dr. Chen rushed the infant to NorthShore Highland Park Hospital for specialized care from Pediatric Hospitalists Sadie LaPonsie, MD, and Lynette Connell, MD. All three physicians hold academic titles at the Pritzker School of Medicine. “This bacterial infection was very serious,” explained Dr. Chen, “Thankfully, we had such a great team taking care of Charlie. The Emergency Department physicians and the hospitalists were all great about communicating and working together.” “I used every resource available to me through NorthShore, as I felt like I was in a fight for his life,” said Baker-Curtis. “I’m very fortunate that there were so many awesome people willing to help us.” CONTINUITY OF CARE After three weeks in the hospital, Charlie returned home. But the recovery took time and required frequent monitoring. Baker-Curtis relied on NorthShoreConnect—both online and through the smartphone app—to stay in frequent contact with Dr. Chen and manage Charlie’s follow-up appointments and test results. “I ask a lot of questions, and the app made it easier,” Baker-Curtis said. Pediatric Gastroenterologist Vincent Biank, MD, later joined Charlie’s care team, adding coconut oil to his diet and increasing his calorie intake. Charlie’s weight increased and his condition stabilized. He was able to take his first family vacation this summer—a month away with no medical appointments. “We were able to provide cohesive care, all of us working together to make sure Charlie moved forward,” said Dr. Biank, who also holds an academic title at the Pritzker School of Medicine. “He is doing beautifully now, gaining weight nicely and making huge strides developmentally,” added Dr. Chen. Baker-Curtis describes her son’s care at NorthShore as nothing short of heroic. “We’re very, very blessed,” she said. PEDIATRIC CARE CLOSE TO HOME NorthShore’s vast team of pediatricians and pediatric specialists is located throughout the region, ensuring compassionate, convenient care for busy parents. Visit northshore.org/L23 or call (847) 492-5700 (Ext. 1279) to make an appointment.
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