Author: Jessica Cerretani

‘Finally in the right place’: Peyton’s journey to Boston

peyton poses on the anniversary of treatment for an anorectal malformation
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE MIKLAS FAMILY

When Peyton Miklas comes to Boston Children’s Hospital for an appointment, she isn’t just seeing Dr. Belinda Dickie, co-director of the Colorectal and Pelvic Malformation Center, or one of the other clinicians who care for her. The 18-month-old is also excited to visit with her buddy Bryson. The toddlers — who were born within a day of each other — and their moms have bonded over their shared diagnosis of a congenital difference.

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Bryson’s story: Getting support for an anorectal malformation

Bryson smiles after care for imperforate anus
PHOTOS: MICHAEL GODERRE/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

The wait while a child has surgery can be excruciating for any parent, and Carrie and Brian Mueller are no exception. Even though it wasn’t the first procedure their son, Bryson, had undergone, they were still nervous when the time came for them to hand him over his clinical team. But before a nurse could begin wheeling the 4-month-old into the operating room, his surgeon, Dr. Belinda Dickie, stopped her. “I’d like to carry him in,” she told the Muellers.

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A world of difference: Postsurgical pain relief for Will

Will poses with a Curious George doll after receiving pain relief for surgery
PHOTOS: MICHAEL GODERRE/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Will is a good-natured, active boy who loves riding his bike, playing with LEGOs and caring for his family’s two cats. So when he emerged from anesthesia following surgery to release a tethered spinal cord last August, it was clear he wasn’t feeling like himself. “He would be very combative and then very sleepy, explains Kathleen. “I just kept saying, ‘That’s not him.’” Kathleen and her husband, Eric, later learned that Will’s behavior was a consequence of the morphine he was being given to treat his postsurgical pain.

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First Event provides resources and bonding opportunity for transgender community

transgender and lgbtq flag
PHOTO: ADOBE STOCK

It’s natural to have health questions — especially if you or your child is transgender. No matter where you are in your gender affirmation journey, you may wonder whether surgery is an option, how to tackle insurance-related issues and how to navigate the health care system. For nearly four decades, First Event Conference has provided transgender and non-binary people and their families education, support and resources for addressing these and other topics affecting this community.

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