Chase’s Story: Beacon Boy Recovers After Emergency Brain Surgery

Jeanine Geiser of Beacon and her husband Jason are grateful that healthcare professionals at Maria Fareri Children’s Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital immediately recognized that Chase, their eight-year-old son, needed advanced care. He was swiftly transferred to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla.  

What appeared to be a simple cold was actually sinusitis so severe that the infection entered Chase’s brain and caused him to suffer a stroke. During his monthlong stay in the hospital, Chase underwent multiple surgeries, spending significant time in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  

Thanks to the care he received at both hospitals, Chase returned home and continues to recover. His mom reports he is thriving.  

“I can’t say enough about the staff at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital,” said Jeanine. “The doctors were on top of everything from the second we came into the ER. From the security guards and nurses to the child life specialists, everyone was so sweet and checked not only on Chase, but our whole family every day.”

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Michelle’s Story: Fleischmanns Resident Relies on Margaretville Hospital and WMC for Care

Michelle Sidrane is grateful that when emergencies arise, she and her neighbors have a hospital like Margaretville. The Fleischmanns resident and owner of the Breezy Hill Inn said that healthcare professionals at the Margaretville Hospital have twice saved her life. The first time was when she suffered a bee sting and went into anaphylactic shock, and the second time was more recently when she suffered a pulmonary embolism.

“Margaretville Hospital is a very important institution to the community,’’ she said. “It’s really critical for us to continue to have that service.’’

Michelle said that she had passed out in the shower and the fall caused her to break several bones in her foot. A physician’s assistant was able to administer medication to slow Michelle’s heart rate, and she was transferred to Westchester Medical Center for further treatment.

Michelle, who lives part time in New York City, said not only was Westchester Medical Center convenient but the care she received was stellar.

“I chose to go down to Westchester Medical Center because it was close to my doctors in the city. I was very well taken care of in the ambulance going down. The physician’s assistant in the ER was fabulous. He reached out to my cardiologist and his diagnosis was spot on. I’ve never seen an ER like that. I couldn’t get over all the monitors and all the people.’’

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Gregory’s Story: Saugerties Man Makes Miracle Comeback after Battle with COVID-19

For Gregory Roque of Saugerties who spent 72 days at HealthAlliance Hospital after his battle with COVID-19, he is grateful for the dedication of doctors, nurses and staff who kept him alive.

“People said ‘You are a miracle.’ I had a 10 percent chance of making it, and I did,’’ he said. “A lot of that had to do with the care I received.’’

Raised in Colorado, the part-time rancher, retired police officer and ex-military man lost his foot in a motorcycle accident 10 years ago, but he said that was nothing compared to his bout with COVID-19. Gregory said that not only did hospital staff do a miraculous job treating him, but they served as a lifeline to family and friends who could not visit because of COVID-19 restrictions.

He formed a special bond with one of the nurses in the Intensive Care Unit who kept his family informed.

“I credit doctors, nurses, for absolutely saving my life,’’ he said. “I would not be here today if it wasn’t for their skill and dedication. They texted my seven siblings with updates daily and that was critical to keeping my family sane.

Roque is back at his job as a manufacturing manager and said that he and his wife still keep in touch with the ICU nurse.

“I’ve made friendships I will cherish for the rest of my life,’’ he said.

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Kaylee’s Story: Newburgh Family Happy with Treatment of Three-Year-Old Daughter at MidHudson Regional Hospital

Megan Mata of Newburgh and her husband Gerardo were concerned when their three-and-a-half-year-old daughter Kaylee was having difficulty breathing. They tried saline treatments with a nebulizer, but when Kaylee’s breathing continued to get worse, they took her to the Maria Fareri Children’s Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

“I was super impressed,” said Megan, a second-grade teacher in Newburgh schools. “They took her back immediately and were very attentive.” Megan said that doctors recognized that Kaylee was having an asthmatic reaction, and even though she had never had asthma, the shortness of breath was triggered by seasonal allergies. She said Kaylee was admitted and received treatments every two hours.

“We got the best care, honestly. The triage nurse and the respiratory therapist were amazing with Kaylee,’’ said Megan. “Kaylee even asked ‘Can we go back because that place is epic!’ ” 

Now when Kaylee has a coughing episode, Megan and her husband, know just what to do. “The education aspect was really important,’’ Megan said. She said her family will definitely come back to Maria Fareri Children’s Services at MidHudson Regional Hospital again if Kaylee or her new baby brother Jason are ill.

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100.7 WHUD Radiothon for the Kids Returning to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

100.7 WHUD to Broadcast Live from Hospital November 16-18;
Donations Through the Radiothon Support Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Advanced Pediatric Services

VALHALLA, N.Y. (November 11, 2022) – Now hear this! The annual 100.7 WHUD Radiothon for the Kids (Radiothon) is returning to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital November 16-18, after two years of in-studio broadcasts. 100.7 WHUD personalities will speak live from the lobby of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital with children and their families who will share their stories of triumph over significant medical challenges. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital nurses and physicians will also speak live in what is sure to be an energetic and uplifting environment.

All donations will support the lifesaving and life-changing pediatric services the hospital provides to children of all ages. Community members seeking to support the hospital through donations are encouraged to call 1.888.499.5437 during the live event, which will broadcast on 100.7 WHUD November 16 and 17 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and November 18 from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. The hospital will alsoaccept donations through November 21 by texting “MFCH” to 51555 or online at  

Brave children are the heartbeat of the Radiothon, and these former patients are hospital ambassadors representing the thousands of children cared by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital services annually:

Jameson, 2, of Montgomery spent six days in Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and had multiple heart surgeries before his first birthday. Today, Jameson is doing extremely well and continues to be monitored by his care team at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

After initial care at WMCHealth’s MidHudson Regional Hospital, Chase, 8, of Beacon, was transferred to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital after what was thought to be a simple cold evolved into sinusitis and a serious brain infection. Chase underwent multiple neurosurgeries and spent significant time in the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Thanks to the care he received at both hospitals, Chase has returned home and is doing well.

Taylor, 9, of Stamford began showing symptoms of paralysis andwasdiagnosed with septic arthritis, which necessitated two surgeries and additional treatment.  At Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, doctors removed a sizable portion of thigh muscle, which was diseased by flesh-eating bacteria. After seven weeks in the hospital, today Taylor walks, runs, jumps and does everything a child can do.

Chloe, 14, of Dobbs Ferry collapsed at a Father’s Day picnic. An aneurysm was the cause and emergency surgery was performed at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital as a corrective measure.  The surgery was a success and today, Chloe is a member of the French Honor Society at her school, a skilled basketball player, a Girl Scout and a Sunday school teacher-in-training at her church.

Generous partners supporting Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital through the Radiothon include WHUD and Pamal Broadcasting, ShopRite Supermarkets, Lawrence and Tami Cohen, Tompkins Community Bank, Coral Sea Pools, Fujifilm, All Aboard Child Education Centers and Mahoney Asset Management. Contact Irene Tsetsekos at 914.493.2575 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.