Pediatric Health Care

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On Dec. 23 2017, 14-year-old Fort Myers athlete Zachary Syska was running with friends when he went into sudden cardiac arrest and his heart stopped.  A youth running club coach immediately began to administer CPR and when Fort Myers firefighters arrived at the scene, they were able to revive Syska with a defibrillator. 


Last week, Georgetown University released two studies relating to children’s health insurance. One was to announce the nationwide rate of uninsured children has reached an historic low. The other was to point out that Florida’s rate of uninsured children is higher than the national average.

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When a teenager harms himself or herself intentionally, it can leave a parent bewildered- sending them on a determined trajectory to find out why. There are more and more cases of teen self-harm coming to light with some studies showing as many as three million Americans engaging in some form of self-injury including cutting, burning or striking themselves to the point of soft tissue damage.

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One in five young people suffers from a mental illness, struggling daily from anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, or any number of other disorders. According to Golisano Children's Hospital, among the 230,000 children under the age of 18 living in Southwest Florida, roughly 46,000 have a mental disorder.
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A report looking at health care for children in every Florida county finds the state ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to the quality of healthcare available to kids.

The report, released this week from Florida Kids Count (a joint program through the Florida Department of Child & Family Studies and the University of South Florida) looked at economics, education, and family and community factors.