Stories about: Mother’s day

A 3-year-old’s love for his mother: ‘We do all the fun stuff together’

Boy with amblyopia and sister and mother
Photo credit: Jill DiChiara Photography 

Our son, Jack, was diagnosed with amblyopia at 18-months-old. Now he’s 3 and a very busy big brother to Lyla. We are so thankful his condition was detected early, helping Dr. Bharti Gangwani, an ophthalmologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, improve his vision quickly. Jack’s world is so much clearer now.

This Mother’s Day, I asked Jack a few questions about my wife, Erin — his “mumma.”

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Happy Mother’s Day from Thriving

Being a mom means being a master of many skills. To succeed, you need to be a good listener, a quality teacher and, in some cases, you’ll need the speed of an Olympic athlete with the reflexes of a cat just to keep up with the kids.

And when the little ones get sick, the moms I know can transform into both nurse and doctor in an instant, tending to their children with compassion and care that rivals that of any medical professional.

No one understands this more than the patient families of Boston Children’s Hospital. In honor of Mother’s Day, I spent some time with a few of our patients and their mothers and asked the children what they’ll be celebrating this Sunday:

 “I love my mom with all my heart. She makes me chicken noodle soup when I don’t feel good and takes me shopping when I do!”Victoria, 6

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For this pair, every day is Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of this special occasion, we’re running a story about a mother-daughter team here at Children’s. Maria’s daughter Rosalind may be all grown up, but that doesn’t mean Maria isn’t always there for her, especially when the going gets rough…

Mother and daughter team Rosalind Muniz and Maria Pitre Ortiz work together at Children's

As a kid, Rosalind Muniz remembers eagerly waiting for her mom to come home from her job as a scheduling coordinator at Children’s Hospital Boston’s main Operating Room (OR), because young Rosalind found her mother’s stories about quirky coworkers and inspiring patients fascinating.

“When I was young she made Children’s seem so exciting,” says Muniz. “After her stories I’d think to myself, ‘what a cool place to work.’” Then, in 2000, Muniz got the opportunity to see first-hand all the things her mother (Maria Pitre Ortiz) had been talking about when she landed a job in the OR as a front desk assistant. Not surprisingly Muniz took to the job well and it didn’t take long before she was made a schedule coordinator like her mother. The mother-daughter team has worked closely ever since.

“I’ve learned so much for mom over the years, because she knows every aspect of this department so well,” Muniz says. “At the office I try to see her as a co-worker, but every time I have a work question all I have to do is turn my head and my mom’s right there with the answer. In some ways, it’s just like it was when I was a kid.”

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