Uptown Children's Hospital Holds Patient Prom Night
Prom night is a highlight in many teenagers' high school careers, and hospitalized and disabled children who were hospitalized in Washington Heights got to have a special night of their own on Saturday. NY1's Erica Ferrari filed the following report.
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Prom night is a rite of high school passage, and teens looks forward to the hair styles, the makeup, the dresses and suits.
For 14-year-old Johendy Peralta, who has had two heart transplants, and 100 other hospitalized, disabled and recovering teenagers, Saturday's prom night at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital was extra special.
"No matter how hard things look, you can always cover the hard things with a smile," said Johendy.
The annual “Red Carpet Affair Patient Prom” let the attending children enjoy all the preparation and fun they might otherwise have missed because of their personal struggles with life-threatening and chronic illnesses.
"We've got children here today, young people who are very ill. Some of them might not even make it to stay through the prom, that's how tentative it is," said Dr. Herbert Pardes of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
"The fear as a parent, what your child goes through, what we've been through, what so many parents go through, you pray every day for a day like today," said Tom Mazzie, whose daughter attended the prom. "My daughter's doing really well right now. We're very fortunate, we're very lucky, we're very blessed."
The event had all the finishing touches, and even a red-carpet entrance to an evening of dinner and dancing.
The pre-teens and teens had a lot to look forward to at the event.
"Being away from my parents for a little," said 11-year-old Melina Mazzie.
"Getting my dress and my makeup and my hair done. Getting pretty," said Johendy.
A group of teen patients volunteered their time to help organize the event and made the hospital a much a happier place for one night.