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Penn State Health doctors help Ephrata baby born with rare condition breathe easier

Natasha Himes kisses her newborn baby boy as she holds him on her chest. He has surgical tape on his face and his wearing a striped shirt. Natasha has long curly hair and is wearing a cotton top.

Natasha Himes comforts her son Knoxley as he recovers from surgery.

There was nothing unusual about Natasha Himes’s seventh pregnancy or delivery. Like her previous six, both were easy and uncomplicated. While all of her other children were born in a hospital, the Ephrata woman wanted to have this baby at home.

Dec. 19, 2018, started out as any ordinary day. Himes’ children, ranging in age from 2 to 13, completed their homeschool lessons, and the midwife visited. The baby wasn’t due until Christmas, but he had other plans.

At 3:53 p.m., Knoxley came into the world, weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and 21 inches long. “I was in labor just 53 minutes,” Himes said. “The midwife walked in as I was pushing.”

When the midwife saw Knoxley had a cleft palate, he was transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital where he was diagnosed with Pierre Robin syndrome. According to the National Institutes of Health, the rare condition occurs in about 1 per 8,500 births. (more…)

March 27, 2019 at 10:00 am 2 comments

Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic marks 80 years of improving children’s lives

Dr. Donald Mackay sits on a stool and and talks to two parents in a doctor’s office. Their baby’s car seat is on the floor. Two female clinicians stand next to the doctor smiling.

Dr. Donald Mackay, center, discusses follow-up care with the parents of a newborn patient.

By Kyle Hardner

As a medical student, Dr. Cathy Henry knew she wanted to be a pediatrician. Then she did a rotation with pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Donald Mackay at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic.

“It was life-changing,” Henry said. “The clinic just felt special. They really took care of patients the way we wish we could in every aspect of medicine. I knew then I had to become a pediatric plastic surgeon.”

Today, Henry is part of the pediatric surgery team at Penn State Children’s Hospital that performs cleft lip, palate, and other craniofacial procedures for the clinic’s patients. All follow-up is then done at the clinic, where the three surgeons with a combined 47 years of experience—Mackay, Henry and Dr. Thomas Samson —interact with patients, families, and a multidisciplinary team that has been improving children’s lives for eight decades.


August 21, 2018 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

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