We have been seeing a Craniofacial team at NYU Medical Center in New York City which consists of a plastic surgeon, an ear, nose, and throat Doctor, a pediatric dentist as well as an Orthodontist, an Otologist, Speech Therapist, and a few others we haven't met yet. Riley also has regular visits with a Pediatric Ophthalmologist, and his Pediatrician. At times this is a bit overwhelming, but with much research and personal recommendations we feel very confident with this team of doctors. Unfortunately some of these doctors do not participate with insurance companies so we are required to cover large medical bills up front. As a result, some of Riley's closest friends and family members have started "The Smiley Riley Fund". It is a Non-Profit Organization that will be used to offset some of the bills we will receive. (For more information on how you can help click here)
As far as general health is concerned, Riley's pediatrician has told us he is developing right on schedule and is attaining milestones and goals just as any baby would. We are very thankful for what we have: we have been blessed with an amazing little boy who has changed our lives in many ways. We know he has a long road ahead of him despite his progress so far with the love and support of his family and friends. It is important to us that he is treated like a little boy first, and a patient second.
We would like to thank you for taking the time out to read about our Riley. Something of this nature can't be done alone and therefore we would like to thank our family, friends, the many individuals who have helped us already, and the ones who will help us in the future. Because of you, we are able to offer Riley the medical attention he needs.