"It’s more emotional and all the emotion pours out from your gut when it’s your own child, the need to protect them and make sure they are doing okay."

Manya, mom to Bazil and employee at Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, with husband Shahab

"We were worried he was in pain when we would make him turn his head from left to right. He was about a month and a half old and would make loud grunting noises and frown his tiny forehead, as if saying, "Can't you see I don't like this, why are you forcing me to turn my head?" Our doctor referred us to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford to address his condition, torticollis, which we found out is not painful and quite common. We continued turning his head to the right and doing tummy time to strengthen his neck muscles."

When we saw the physical therapist, Karen, at 3 months old, we were relieved to find out the stretches and tummy time already improved his condition. She was gentle and explained every step while assessing Bazil. She gave us extra stretches to do to further relax his neck muscles."

"It was comforting as a parent to be reassured that your child is doing relatively well and that there are things we can do to further his progress. He continues to improve, and although he still grunts when we do his stretches, we’re happy to see him getting better day by day."

Working at Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health gives me a unique understanding of the excellent quality of care at our hospital. It comes through every day seeing those who want to give back and give it their best. From inspiring patients-turned-donors, to experienced doctors who save lives, and passionate staff who provide comfort and hope.

"It’s this quality of care that Bazil received from Karen. And as a new mom, I have a deeper appreciation for it; it’s more emotional and all the emotion pours out from your gut when it’s your own child, the need to protect them and make sure they are doing okay. And working at the Foundation, what you hope for is that all children and their families experience that same level of excellence in quality of care and comfort.”


In this season of thanks, we're grateful for employees like Manya who put their hearts and souls into helping our patients (like her own son, Bazil) heal. Donate today to support more humans at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.