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Feb 04, 2020

Getting to the Heart of a Wish

Dr. Rebecca Pratt specializes in pediatric cardiology at Pediatric Cardiology Associates of WNY. She cares for patients with congenital and acquired heart disease from fetal into adulthood, with a special interest in fetal echocardiography – moving photos of the heart.

In honor of American Heart Month, we sat down with Dr. Pratt to talk about why wishes are part of her plan of care for her young patients.

Q: Why do you think wishes are important to the children you treat?

Wishes are life changing. They create a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime, and for some, enchanted event for our children and families, who know doctors’ offices, hospital rooms and treatment plans better than most. Wishes are something each child is able to look forward to, something outside of their medical care. For many, the wish experience gives children strength and determination to keep putting one foot in front of the other during their medical journeys.

Q: What role can wishes play in total patient care of children with critical illnesses?

Wishes are limitless opportunities for children. They provide a chance for those impacted by critical illness to experience something that they might not have otherwise been able to, while providing encouragement through whichever battle they’re facing at that moment. Wishes have the powerful ability to make our kids stronger, more resilient and bolder to face their illnesses head-on.

Q: Children experiencing a critical illness can draw much of their strength from their parents. Do you think families draw strength from children when they see the hope and healing in experiencing a wish?

Absolutely - wishes allow families to see hope and encouragement through their children’s eyes. The experience is created from the children’s dreams, but ultimately is in support of families as a whole unit. Our families support each other through the good and the bad, the thick and thin, and seeing their children uplifted by a wish experience is extraordinary, and something we as medical professionals treasure.

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