Local Health Alert: A DeSoto County Daycare Helps Children With Medical Challenges Thrive

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A local daycare for medically fragile children is thriving and celebrating another year of impact on are families with plans to grow. DeSoto Pediatric Extended Care opened its doors in 2016, serving children who have medical challenges.

Two years later, it’s continuing to increase opportunities for patients.

“We’ve also just recently added music therapy and working on a literacy program,” explained Linsey Grant, the center’s administrator.

From infant to age 21, parents are given peace of mind when they drop their children off in good hands.

Courtney Brown has been taking her daughter Briya to the center since July. The 2-year-old has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, “which is too much fluid on her brain, her ventricles are closed, so she has a shunt on one side, with a catheter that drains down.”

Her mother says she requires medical attention and is defying the odds under the center’s supervision.

“She came, she was only saying one word. Now, she’s talking. She wasn’t walking when she came she was on a walker, but she’s walking.”

Continued success, that Grant says is part of the mission for their kids, “we have seen such growth in them, socially, developmental wise.”

The kids get to interact with each other and play in groups.

“The social aspect is huge for these children,” said Grant.

Brown says that’s had a large impact on Briya, as well. “Briya talks about some of her friends here all the time.”

The center is open weekdays from 7:30am to 5:30pm. Its costs are covered by Medicaid or MississippiCAN.

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