Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital Photo Chosen for National Exhibit
If you ever want to get Victoria “Vivi” Costache to show off a smile that will light up a room, a really good way would be to go online and play the popular 2014 Taylor Swift song “Shake It Off.”
It certainly worked in October when the 5-year-old visited the pediatric unit at Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital for outpatient treatment of her Niemann-Pick disease, type C, a metabolic disorder for which she receives drug therapy every two weeks. Vivi and her mother, Mihaela Costache, joined Meg Ressel, RN, Michele Dzomic, RN, and Child Life Specialist Vanessa Gramm-Mackey in rocking out to the Taylor Swift song while passing the time during treatment in the 4C pediatric unit treatment room at LVH–Cedar Crest.
The moment was captured in a photo by Olaf Starorypinski. It is one of 48 photos that have been selected to the Children’s Hospital Association’s 2017 photo exhibit, which features similarly heartwarming photos from hospitals across the country. The exhibit, which is sponsored by Kimberly Clark, maker of HUGGIES, will be on display in communities across the U.S. beginning in the spring.
Pictured above, left to right: Meg Ressel, RN, mother Mihaela Costache, patient Victoria “Vivi” Costache, Vanessa Gramm-Mackey, Child Life Specialist, and Michele Dzomic, RN.