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December 2018

AMAZING THINGS ARE HAPPENING HERE:
Julianna’s Story

Julianna


“You have to believe in the Hospital. It’s never going to be easy; you just have to be strong because it will all work out.”

Only a few weeks after Julianna Reid was born, her mother, Janell, noticed something was very wrong—Julianna was losing weight, and her eyes and skin were turning a deep yellow.

Following an examination, the family’s pediatrician sent Julianna to Albany Medical Center for further consultation. There, doctors informed Janell that Julianna had a rare condition called biliary atresia. Affecting just one out of every 18,000 newborns, this rare disease narrows bile ducts—tubes inside and outside the liver—and prevents bile from flowing to the large intestine to aid digestion. The bile builds up in the liver, causing malnutrition, cirrhosis, and inevitable liver failure.

Despite an initial treatment plan, it soon became clear that Julianna needed more specialized care. “She was very, very sick, and we were told that she wouldn’t make it to her fifth birthday if she didn’t have a liver transplant,” Janell recalls.

So Julianna’s doctors contacted Jean C. Emond, MD, who had recently established the first multidisciplinary liver disease center in the United States at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Emond recommended a living donor liver transplant, ideally with a family member as a donor. Fortunately, Julianna’s father, Leonard, was a perfect match.

On her first birthday, Julianna received a portion of her father’s liver to replace her failing one. Julianna’s recovery was an extraordinary success. Today, she is thriving thanks to the exceptional care she recieved.

Read more about Julianna's incredible story here—It is another example of the truly amazing things made possible by your ongoing support of NewYork-Presbyterian. Thank you for helping us bring world-class healthcare to our entire community! 

 

NYP NUTRITION:
Cranberry Almond Biscotti With Dark Chocolate Drizzle

December E-news: Biscotti

Whether they are served at festive parties or found in scrumptious gift baskets, ’tis the season for an abundance of holiday sweet treats! 

If you are looking for a guilt-free option during this time of cheer, try our delicious and simple cranberry almond biscotti recipe. Topped with a drizzle of dark chocolate—a great source of fiber, iron, antioxidants, and more—this tasty dish is the perfect complement to your morning cup of coffee or can even be served as dessert.

Find the full recipe here. Season's eatings! 

 

YOUR YEAR-END GIFT MATCHED:
Support NYP's World-Class Healthcare

NYP Giving Tuesday

NewYork-Presbyterian would not be what it is today—New York’s #1 hospital for the 18th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list—without contributions from loyal supporters like you. We are so grateful for all you do to help our Hospital deliver the region’s best and most compassionate healthcare.  

Please sustain this standard of excellence with your tax-deductible gift to our Annual Fund this holiday season. It is a great way to ensure that NewYork-Presbyterian continues to make amazing things happen—for you, your family, and your community.

As an extra incentive to encourage your generosity, from now until midnight on December 31, 2018, every dollar you contribute will be matched by another generous NYP donor—up to $100,000! Do not miss this opportunity to have your support go twice as far this holiday season—click here to make your tax-deductible year-end gift to NewYork-Presbyterian right now. Thank you!

 

HELPFUL TIPS:
10 Things to Know to Beat Flu Season 

December E-news: Flu

Flu season is ramping up across the country, and reported cases are expected to rise in the coming weeks. Last year’s flu season was the deadliest in four decades, so it is imperative that you be prepared this year. While it is recommended that you get vaccinated against the flu virus as early as possible, it is never too late to reap the vaccine’s benefits. 

To help you take proper precautions this flu season, immunization expert Melissa Stockwell, MD, a pediatrician and the Medical Director for NewYork-Presbyterian’s Immunization Registry, shares these 10 tips to avoid getting the flu and explains what you should know about this year's vaccine. 

 

IN THE KNOW:
How to Spot Seasonal Affective Disorder

December E-news: Depression

From the changing of the leaves in fall to the first snowfall of winter, and the anticipation of holiday celebration and family togetherness in between, the arrival of the seasons can be a joyous and exciting time for many.

But for some 10 million Americans, seasonal changes can bring about feelings of sadness, daytime fatigue, carbohydrate cravings, and more. Known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, this type of depression comes and goes with the seasons.

Learn how to spot the signs of SAD from Michael Terman, PhD, a psychiatrist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In this helpful Health Matters Q&ADr. Terman discusses ways to identify and treat SAD, and advises why it should not be dismissed as just “the winter blues.” 

 
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