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Real Faces Real Lives Changed at the Children’s Institute

One of The Children’s Institute’s photos has been selected as a finalist for the Children’s Hospital Association’s annual photo contest. The Photo Exhibit celebrates children’s hospitals and puts a face to the patients, their families and their health care providers. This photo was selected as a finalist from more than 250 entries for the Children’s Hospital Association’s 2015 photo contest.

Highlighted in the winning photo, taken by Joshua Franzos, is former inpatient Greyson and his mother.

Greyson was born prematurely. He spent months at the hospital receiving his nutrition through a feeding tube. Although he gained strength and was able to go home, he could not take nutrition by mouth and failed to thrive. At 2-years-old he was still totally feeding-tube dependent.

At The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh’s Feeding & Swallowing Program, a team consisting of a pediatrician, a speech/language pathologist, a clinical dietician, an occupational therapist and a behavioral specialist came up with treatment recommendations Greyson’s parents were able to follow at home for the short term. He was eventually admitted into The Children’s Institute’s inpatient feeding program.

Greyson has made huge gains and is now able to eat nearly half of his food by mouth. Now age 4, he enjoys being active and grows stronger every day.

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