Mary Elizabeth

Lymphatic Malformation

Mary Elizabeth's Story

Mary Elizabeth has been a patient of Dr. Waner since she was 3 months old. She was originally in the care of another doctor, but when her Lymphatic Malformation affected her tongue and kept causing her to bleed, they realized they did not have the expertise to handle it. We were then referred down to NYC and met Dr. Waner. It was the best thing that ever happened to us. Dr. Waner eased our minds from the very beginning. We were once told that our daughter may never eat on her own or speak much at all. We had no idea what life would look like for her in the future. However, Dr. Waner was the kind of Doctor who would make things happen. Not only is he a skilled and highly educated Doctor, but he has the determination our family needed. He truly made us feel that he wanted to give our daughter the very best care, and had her health in mind, as well as her social and emotional needs along the way.

By 4 ½ years old she was able to have her g-tube out and by 5 ½ years old she was able to have her tracheostomy tube out. Her Lymphatic Malformation was and is quite aggressive, but she has come so far. My daughter is 15 now and asks often to see Dr. Waner, and Dr. O as well. She has come to know them, trust them, and feels good about every surgery they perform. They keep her mind at ease, and she knows that every time she sees them - improvement follows. We could not imagine our lives without this fabulous team.

I am proud to say that our fears when she was an infant were put to rest. With the help of her doctors and the unstoppable attitude Mary Elizabeth has, she is truly enjoying life to the fullest. She is doing well both academically and socially in school, she enjoys her sports, and is a thrill seeker in general from amusement park rides and braving the waves at the beach! And despite what we were told in the beginning of her life, she loves chatting with her friends and she certainly loves dining out with her family. We are forever grateful!

 

- Mary Elizabeth's Mom & Dad

Birth

First Noticed

11

# of Treatments

New York, NY

Hometown

Before Photos

Mary Elizabeth Before
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After Photos

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Mary Elizabeth After
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Mary Elizabeth After
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Mary Elizabeth After
Mary Elizabeth After

"Dr. Waner was the kind of Doctor who would make things happen. Not only is he a skilled and highly educated Doctor, but he has the determination our family needed. He truly made us feel that he wanted to give our daughter the very best care, and had her health in mind, as well as her social and emotional needs along the way."

— Mary Elizabeth's Mom