One local family is sharing their story of hope. The Serafin family has been working with Shriners for many years now.
18-year-old Mathew Serafin has been a patient at Shriners Children’s Hospital for more than a decade now. The hospital gives Mathew orthopaedic and nutritional care.
Mathew’s Mother, Kim, tells us, “it makes it a lot easier; it’s close by. We’ve had a good journey with the help of the staff here.”
Kim says the staff treats them well and speaks directly to Mathew, and they spend quality time with the entire family.
Richard Goldberg, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Doctor, tells us, “I think he’s really funny. He likes to joke around with us. He’s always involving his mom and I together. He’s going to the basketball game tonight with his dad; he likes the Bayhawks. We’re all gonna cheer them on with him.”
Dr. Goldberg has been working with Mathew for five months on his independence and the game plan is to start with some Botox injections.
Mathew communicates with everyone using an iPad on his wheelchair. The device has pictures of his family and friends that he can push with his fingers to convey his thoughts.
His Father, Jim, tells us, “usually, after your day, Matt’s the highlight. He’s always smiling, he’s always positive, he loves interaction. He’s the happiest when everybody is together.”
The Botox injections will help Mathew operate the wheelchair on his own in the future.
For this family, the care they have received at Shriners is unforgettable.