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September 2012 - Volume 9 - Issue 3

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New Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit Opening at Holtz Children's Hospital

Paul Kinsey was an athletic 17-year-old looking forward to graduating high school when he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011. After months of chemotherapy, he went into remission, but relapsed soon after. His only chance at survival was a bone marrow transplant.
 
Without hesitation, his younger brother, Jason, 16, volunteered to be tested – and was the perfect match. In March 2012, Paul, of Miami Gardens, received a gift of life from his brother through a bone marrow transplant at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Paul, now 19, spent more than six weeks recovering in the pediatric bone marrow transplant unit at Holtz.
 
Beginning in August, Holtz patients like Paul will receive bone marrow transplants and recover from the procedures in a new, state-of-the-art, seven-bed unit equipped with many features. The unit is the largest of its kind in South Florida and will serve pediatric patients of all ages with various types of childhood cancers and sickle cell disease.

Former Holtz pediatric bone marrow transplant patient Paul Kinsey, 19, joins leaders from Jackson Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at a ribbon-cutting of the new unit.
 
With this expansion, which replaces the current two-bed unit, Holtz will be able to treat four times as many patients.
 
The new unit has a family activity center with TVs, movies, computers, a kitchen area and laundry facilities. Each computer is equipped with Internet access, allowing the patients to do their schoolwork online and take part in video chat lessons with their teachers.
 
To entertain patients in the unit, they are treated to music, pet and art therapy. Visitors – including Lady, a Doberman Pinscher – are a good distraction for the children. It is also beneficial to have these outside activities brought into the unit because the patients are at a high risk of infection.
 
During the recent ribbon-cutting, Jackson Health System administration joined leaders from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to celebrate the opening of the new unit. State Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation, also attended the event.
 

 

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