Princess Party at Good Sam
It was a “Moment of Magic” for Madison Birkert.
She was on her bed at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center when Princess Anna poked her head into the room, “Good morning, do you remember me Princess Madison?”
A huge smile crept over the four-year-old’s face and she quickly hugged the popular character from the movie, Frozen.
Princess Anna met Madison in March at SamKids, an event the benefits children in the pediatric unit and Good Samaritan’s Center for Pediatric Specialty Care in Babylon.
The young girl from Selden was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth and is currently being treated by Louis Guida, Jr., MD, FCCP, Medical Director of the Cystic Fibrosis and Family Asthma and Allergy Center at Good Samaritan and Dimitry Vaysman, MD, Director of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine at Good Samaritan’s Pediatric Center.
Madison’s mother, Stacey, contacted Princess Anna through the Moment of Magic Foundation to arrange a surprise visit following her daughter’s bronchoscopy at Good Sam.
The surprises didn’t end there, Princess Anna brought another Disney princess with her, Elena of Avalor. Madison was already decked out in her dress featuring Ariel from the movie, A Little Mermaid, to complete the “Princess Party.”
Madison truly enjoyed her visit, she played with the princesses in the Child Life playroom and introduced her special gusts to the other children throughout the pediatric unit.
The visit also came at the perfect time to raise awareness, as May is Cystic Fibrosis month. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry, more than 30,000 people are living with the disease in the United States and approximately 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Thanks to Good Samaritan's Center for Pediatric Specialty Care, children like Madison can get the care they need and still enjoy a normal life. The Center's mission and primary goal is to provide quality health care for children in an effort to reduce inpatient hospital admission and Emergency Department visits. For more information on the Pediatrics Services offered at GOod Samaritan, call 631-376-4444 or visit http://goodsamaritan.chsli.org/pediatric-services