One year later: Look at Kai’Ayshia now

ice cream
Feb 14 2017

It’s been nearly a year since Kai’Ayshia Johnson’s last surgery. In that time the bright and cheerful child started school and celebrated her fifth birthday – two milestones for which she and her family are tremendously grateful. Kai’Ayshia still comes to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) for monthly check-ups with her specialists and takes medicine to keep her clotting under control. Thankfully, these days she spends the majority of her time doing the things she loves most – dancing, playing, shopping with Mommy and making friends wherever she goes. The little girl who overcame all odds and woke up requesting ice cream for breakfast surely enjoys a healthy share of frozen treats as well! “Her being happy is a... View Article

Meet Marquise, our February 2017 Calendar Kid

Feb 2 2017

Marquise Brown’s relationship with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is truly a family affair. Among other long-time connections, our February 2017 Calendar Kid sees the very same CHoR pediatrician that his mom Kiara saw throughout her childhood. Pediatrician Dr. Linda Meloy has provided care to members of the Brown family for nearly 20 years. “She’s always been awesome,” Kiara’s mom, Raquel, says. “Dr. Meloy is so nice and friendly. She’s easy to talk to and remembers stuff about my kids and what they’re doing – extracurricular and all. I can’t say enough about how wonderful she is.” Lisa Ripp, a registered nurse in CHoR’s primary care clinic, has a similar long-time association with the Browns. Kiara fondly remembers Lisa... View Article

The many benefits of infant massage

infant massage
Feb 1 2017

The ancient art of infant massage has been practiced for centuries by cultures around the world and is one of the earliest stimuli a parent can provide for their infant. By using simple massage strokes, you can enhance your role as a parent and provide the right type of stimuli to promote optimal development. You and your baby will experience many benefits from infant massage during a child’s first years and for years to come. Here’s more about the benefits of this special technique from our physical therapists who are certified in infant massage Massaging your baby is a wonderful and loving way to begin a lifelong relationship The growth in popularity for infant massage instruction is due to positive... View Article