Posted on February 19, 2021

Early Development Program gives ‘little fighters’ like Mason the tools to grow

Mason Wright was born a little earlier than expected. His mom, Stephanie, was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 30 weeks of pregnancy. Just a week later, doctors determined she was too ill to wait any longer and performed a caesarean section. Mason weighed two pounds, 14.5 ounces, and his body still had some developing to do.

When they were released seven weeks later from the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital, a doctor recommended the Jenison family try Mary Free Bed’s Early Development Program. Developed by Dr. Lisa Voss, who specializes in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation, the specialty program provides support for a baby’s healthy development.

That includes the coordinated efforts of a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Voss that provides specialized diagnostic and treatment services for optimal growth.

“This is everybody together – this is us, this is the parents,” she said. “Everybody has to work together to achieve those goals.”

Mason’s individualized treatment plan has included physical and occupational therapies as well as feeding therapy. The energetic toddler will celebrate his third birthday on Feb. 20.

Meet Mason, his parents and his Mary Free Bed Kids team in this video: