Home Away From Home
Undeterred by her prolonged hospitalizations, Franki’s family celebrated all of her milestones — her baptism, her birthdays and all of the holidays — at duPont Hospital for Children.
Spending so much time in the hospital was difficult for Franki and her family, but they acknowledged its necessity. “It could be a scary place, but to us, it was a safe haven,” Maria recalls. “We were safe when we were there.”
Despite the challenges, whenever Franki comes to duPont Hospital for Children now, she walks in like she owns the place. She views the hospital as her second home. Maria shares that everyone at the hospital treats Franki as if she were their own child — from the Child Life staff who play with her, to her nurses who know her likes and dislikes, to “Uncle Doug” (Dr. Doug Katz, a Nemours pediatric surgeon who has been involved in Franki’s surgical care from her earliest days in the NICU).