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Riley Michelle Bickford was born on the morning of October
10th, 2007, at the University of Washington in Seattle. We
knew when she was born that she would have a cleft lip and
possibly a cleft palate, but nothing could prepare us for the
weeks to follow.
It seemed life went by like a whirlwind after Riley was
born. Children's was prepared to take riley from UW
after her birth because of feeding issues that would come up
due to the cleft, so it was no surprise that on her second
day on this planet she was transferred from the ICU at UW to
When we arrived we planned for a short visit, I thought to
myself, "as soon as we can get her to take a bottle, we
can go home." Well that didn't exactly happen.
Riley was assigned a team of doctors through Craniofacial,
her pediatrician was Dr. Hing. I must say through it all she
was always one step ahead of the game and we felt like she
was a part of our family from the get go. Dr. Hing
immediately ordered a CT scan and ultrasound of
Riley's brain and later diagnosed her with mild semi
lobar Holoprocencephaly. A few days later Riley was having
problems maintaining her sodium levels so Dr. Hing sent her
to the ICU where she was treated for Diabetes Insipidus.
Riley spent several days in the ICU and the nurses were
amazing with her, they rocked and cradled her when I could
not be there with her and treated her as if she was their
newborn daughter. Two weeks after Riley arrived we were
finally able to take her home.
She is now almost 5 months old and doing great! She has
been to Children's every month for check ups and has
been re-admitted half a dozen times. Through all of it the
Craniofacial team has been our second family, and we are
truly blessed to have each one of Riley's doctors,
nurses, and staff in our lives. Without Children's I
do not know where we would be today, but my little angel is
definitely in good hands. God bless everyone at
Children's Hospital for everything they do.
What does Children's mean to you, your child and your family?
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