J & D Ultracare still remains as the only agency in the Hudson Valley that devotes its expertise primarily to pediatrics since 1985. This is because we deeply care about medically fragile children and want to make sure that we can help them to the best of our ability.
One of the most important things J & D Ultracare does for these children is provide private nursing services in the comfort of their own homes. That way, we can remove any potential stress that comes with the process of being in a foreign building like a hospital. Once our professional nurses leave, families can easily go back to enjoying each other’s company.
When taking care of medically fragile children, providing time and love are essential to their development. This is something that Langford family understood when they adopted their daughter Phoebe. An article from Local News 8 in Tennessee details Phoebe’s condition:
“When I first saw her, her affect was completely flat, she couldn’t lift her limbs, she had severe torticollis which kept her tucked down, and she couldn’t make eye contact, she didn’t smile, at 17 months old. She had no language, no communication skills,” Melissa Langford said.
However, this didn’t deter Melissa from working with Phoebe. Instead, she devoted all of her time to making sure she was taken care of. She took her to see therapists and attended to her medical needs, however, what she discovered was that devoting time and love to Phoebe were the two most important things she could do for her. Here’s another quote from Melissa in the Local News 8 article about how this impacted Phoebe’s life in a major way:
“By the end of the first 30 or 45 days she was raising her head up to look at me, and she was starting to smile, and she was starting to babble and talk just a little bit, so we knew when we saw her responding to touch and constant love, just somebody handling her and being with her and talking to her all the time,” Langford said.
We highly recommend that you read the full article by clicking here. It’s an absolutely touching story that reminds us at J & D Ultracare why we help children like Phoebe in the first place. If you want to learn more about Phoebe and the Langford family, you can read about them on Mellissa’s personal blog by clicking here. If this story inspired you, you can become a foster or adoptive parent by visiting Omni Visions’ website here.