Heartwarming Grateful Patient Stories

Injured Cyclist is Grateful to North Shore University Hospital


From left: Lois and Marc Kemp.

From left: Lois and Marc Kemp.

What started out as a leisurely bike outing ended in the emergency room for Marc Kemp, who was enjoying a weekend in the Hamptons. Marc decided to take a ride and was suddenly struck by a car and thrown from his bike. Stunned but conscious, Marc felt immense pressure on his chest and was taken to the closest emergency room, at Southampton Hospital. Medical teams there discovered that he had two broken ribs and a punctured lung, releasing him after five days with instructions to follow-up. Still not feeling right, Marc sought care closer to home, at North Shore University Hospital.

Upon arrival, he was taken under the care of Jason B. Karp, MD, a pulmonary critical care and internal medicine specialist. Following preliminary tests, Dr. Karp ordered Marc to undergo a procedure to remove one liter of fluid from his lung. Marc’s relief was temporary, as he awoke the next morning to the same intense pressure on his chest. Having entrusted his care to Dr. Karp, Marc went back to North Shore University Hospital for the second time since his accident. He was whisked into surgery and underwent two different procedures, performed by Dr. Laurence Spier, a thoracic surgeon, to inflate his lung. Throughout his eight days in the hospital, Marc was impressed by the great care he received from Dr. Spier and Dr. Karp. Though shaken up from the series of events that had left him unable to see his daughter off to college, Marc explained how both of his doctors’ “unbelievable bedside manners and compassionate natures” put him at ease.

Thankful for what he believes was “amazing, above-and-beyond care,” Marc was happy to give back to North Shore University Hospital. “Without a doubt they provide the best care on Long Island,” said Marc, who hopes that his gift to North Shore-LIJ will enhance the level of care provided for future patients. One year following his accident, Marc got back on his bike for the first time.


Born at 28 Weeks, Lenox Hill Hospital Newborn Is Now at Home and Healthy


From left: Proud grandparents Laurie and Jeff, mom, Samantha, holding baby Lleyton and dad, Michael.

From left: Proud grandparents Laurie and Jeff, mom, Samantha, holding baby Lleyton and dad, Michael.

Like most couples, Michael and Samantha Kanter were anticipating the birth of their first child with a mixture of nerves and excitement. What they did not expect was an early trip to the hospital and their son’s arrival at 28 weeks on June 2, 2012. Samantha’s water broke at 26 weeks, prompting her obstetrician, Howard Shaw, MD, to immediately send her to Lenox Hill Hospital. Teams there gave her magnesium to slow the preterm contractions and provided steroid injections critical to the development of the baby’s lungs and brain. After 11 days on bed rest, the Kanters welcomed their first child, Lleyton, at 2 pounds, 12.8 ounces.

The Kanters entrusted their premature newborn’s care to the staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), who monitored Lleyton’s fragile condition. Lleyton was initially put on a breathing ventilator and a feeding tube, and over his two-month stay in the NICU underwent a blood transfusion and an MRI to scan his brain development. Samantha’s delivery physician, Dr. Lisa Johnson, and the chair of the pediatrics unit, Dr. Marty Ellington, took the time to let the Kanter family—including first-time grandparents Jeff and Laurie— know what to expect every step of the way and addressed all of their questions. The Kanters developed a close relationship with the NICU caregivers and are thankful for the amazing care and comfort the entire staff provided. Now that Lleyton is home, the Lenox Hill staff continues to provide follow-up care, for which the Kanters are grateful.

Jeff and Laurie were so impressed with the NICU’s care for what they call the family’s “miracle baby” that they have decided to make a gift in honor of Dr. Ellington and his medical team. Jeff says, “The NICU does wonders, and were sensitive and caring throughout Lleyton’s care.” Happy to have Lleyton home, they hope that their donation enhances the lives of other children born into the neonatal services.

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