Daughter’s neurosurgery inspires mom to give back

<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-33871" src="https://mdthinks.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/daughters-neurosurgery-inspires-mom-to-give-back.jpg" alt=" Kannon, who was suffering from hydrocephalus, is now happy for 5 years. "Width =" 800 "height =" 534 "/> Danielle Parkman is neither a doctor nor a nurse, a clinician of any kind, and yet, every day, she makes life a little easier for patients in the Division of Diseases. pulmonary and respiratory diseases of the Children's Hospital of Boston .

As the lead administrative partner for the Pharmaceutical Benefits and Prior Approvals Specialist, Danielle is responsible for obtaining approvals for pharmaceutical benefits and prior approvals for all patients in Respirology. This is a daunting task, but it does not take for an answer.

"I love my job and I love to fight for my patients," says Danielle. "I know I'm making a difference, I can also sympathize with a lot of parents because I've been in their shoes."

Four years ago, Danielle was on leave after giving birth to her daughter Kannon.

"She was born healthy, beautiful and perfect," says Danielle. "Everything was fine and I was getting ready to go back to work."

The instincts of the mother come into play

Then, one morning, when Kannon was about 4 months old, Danielle noticed that her head had a little swollen.

"At first I thought I might have imagined it," Danielle says. "Then I noticed that she seemed to look down quite often, as if she were looking down, I watched her throughout the day, and even though she looked like a not difficult, she did not seem to be in distress. "

That night, Danielle fell asleep Kannon but she could not help worrying for her, so she decided to look for her symptoms on the internet. What she found was not reassuring.

"I learned that a swollen head and a look down were signs of hydrocephalus ," Danielle explains. Hydrocephalus is an accumulation of fluid in or around the brain.

"I was restless and terrified .It was 2 am, but I woke her up and took her to the Boston Children's Emergency Room."

After some initial vision tests, the doctor sent Kannon for an MRI. In the end, Kannon had hydrocephalus. She should have surgery to place a shunt in her brain in order to drain the excess fluid.

<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-33872" src="https://mdthinks.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/1512732205_14_daughters-neurosurgery-inspires-mom-to-give-back.jpg" alt=" Kannon, who had hydrocephalus poses with his mother. "Width =" 800 "height =" 534 "/>

"As soon as I heard the words" brain surgery ", I totally lost it," Danielle explains. "I remember looking at Kannon and she looked so happy, she ate and smiled and looked good, but I was falling apart."

Sweet Words of Comfort

The staff found that Danielle was having difficulty and asked one of the neurosurgeons to talk to her. She does not remember her name, but still remembers her exact words.

"He said," It's a very simple procedure for a neurosurgeon, as the placement of an IV is to a nurse. "We will take great care of her, and your daughter will be fine. "I remember taking a deep breath after that and feeling good, just because of those words, I needed that assurance."

The procedure was indeed as simple as the doctor had promised.

"She was only in surgery for 30 minutes," says Danielle. "I had my whole family around me when they told me that she had finished and that everything was fine, I was so relieved that I started crying again." . "

Five years later, Kannon is a kindergarten fashionista who stands out from the others in terms of development.

"She's an amazing kid, and I'm so proud of her and inspired by her," Danielle says.

Inspired to render

It's Kannon's experience that inspired Danielle to change careers.

"When I started thinking about where I would like to work, I thought of Boston Children because they treated me so well and I wanted to do something about it. who counted. "

When she heard about the pneumology job opportunity, she applied immediately and has been working there ever since. Many of his patients have cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease that requires many medications and treatments.

<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-33873" src="https://mdthinks.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/1512732205_354_daughters-neurosurgery-inspires-mom-to-give-back.jpg" alt=" Kannon, who had hydrocephalus, poses for the camera. "Width =" 800 "height =" 534 "/>

"We are one of the largest CF centers in the country and we have patients of all ages," says Danielle. "These patients and parents already have a lot to do, I just want their approvals to be as easy as possible. Everyone knows me and knows that I do not take for an answer when it comes to my patients. I've been labeled "the hammer" in my office because I'm always going beyond to make sure our patients receive the treatments they need. "

Caring for others is a trait that occurs in the family. Even though she is only 5 years old, Kannon already has plans for a career helping others.

"She loves moms and babies and wants to be a baby doctor," says Danielle. "And I know that she has the determination to do it."

Learn more about the Boston Children's Hydrocephalus Program .

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