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Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach, Memorial Care Health System
Vol. 2, No. 8
July 12, 2011
Kid's Corner
  Safety Tips to Keep Your Child Healthy & Happy This Summer
July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
  Commencement Celebration Takes Place at Miller Children's
Collaboration between Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach's in-house school teacher, music therapist, child life therapist, and community partner — Discovery Arts, made a surprise graduation for three hospitalized teens possible. » READ MORE

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  The Mauli Ola Foundation Brings Surfers and Smiles to Patients
  Miller Children's, One of Only Seven in LA, Offering Donor Milk
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  Kayaking For Kids Supports Camp Dreamstreet
  Learn to Control Your Child's Asthma
Community Partner Spotlight
There's No Business Like Show Business - Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Gives Back to JJCCC
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Keeping Kids Safe One Seat at a Time

Ethan, 10 years old, has cerebral palsy. As is common for cerebral palsy patients, he needed hip surgery because of hip dislocation. Cerebral palsy patients suffer from hip joint deformities that can cause hip displacement, and it often occurs throughout the early years of development due to spasticity.

Ethan's family was confident in how the surgery would go and about his care during the healing process. What they weren't prepared for was how they would get him home or transport him while in a cast following the surgery. It turns out he would need to be in a spica cast, a cast that begins at the chest and extends down to cover the legs, for eight weeks. The cast would prevent him from sitting in a traditional car seat or being buckled into a traditional seat belt. He needed a special vest, a vest they didn't own and one they couldn't afford. Thanks to the Kohl's Keeping Kids Safe program at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach, the Donovan family was able to bring their son home.


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