Patient stories: All the joys of childhood

It’s 7:30 a.m. and the alarm beeps quietly. It’s time to get up. The school bus will be here in an hour. At the Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center, the day begins much like that of a typical household.

The early risers have eaten breakfast and are watching cartoons while the sleepyheads are nudged awake and encouraged to rise and shine. The morning is full of weekday rituals that offer structure and consistency for the kids.

Fifteen-year-old Kelton doesn’t like her hair brushed; nonetheless, it happens, just as 10-year-old Trinity gets her teeth brushed and is dressed for the day with her sparkly shoes. These are the activities parents want for their children: a fun and challenging school day, after-class activities, friends, field trips, music lessons, playing with pets.

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