CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE
Pediatrician Giraldo Cepeda examines patient Leighton Pressley at Lawnwood Medical Center & Regional Heart Institute, whose services for patients
include the only pediatric emergency room on the Treasure Coast.
Treasure Coast Medical Report
PEDIATRICS A PRIORITY
LAWNWOOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER & HEART INSTITUTE PHOTOS
Hospital features only pediatric ER
on the Treasure Coast
BY SUSAN BURGESS
It was every mom’s nightmare. Harper Johansen, just 27
months old in July, raced across the room, slipped and
went down with a crash, slamming her little head hard
on the tile floor.
“At first she seemed all right,” her mother, Katie Johansen
said. “We watched her for a while and then she seemed
sleepy. But then she threw up, and we left for the pediatric
emergency room at Lawnwood.”
Sleepiness and vomiting are two cardinal signs of concussion.
Already aware of that, the child’s mother was immediately
prepared to gather up her little girl and make a run
for it if necessary. At Lawnwood, Harper was examined and
tested. “They did a CT scan to check for bleeding, but there
was none,” she said.
The doctors concluded that Harper had a concussion, but
didn’t need to stay in the hospital overnight. >>