Anthony is a 4-year-old-boy with a lot of energy and a contagious laugh and smile. He was diagnosed with Bronchiolitis Obliterans, an inflammatory condition that affects the lung. The ailment caused scarring in his lungs, and he has trouble breathing on his own. Anthony’s family brought him to St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children for intensive rehabilitation and therapy while he waits for a lung transplant, which would give him a 50% chance of recovery from the illness. Thanks to his treatment at St. Mary’s, Anthony has been making amazing progress and has learned to manage his breathing.
Anthony’s childhood has changed in so many ways, but throughout all of this, he continues to be strong, brave, positive and motivated. On any given day you can find him laughing, smiling, making others laugh, playing with his toys and enjoying one of his Grandma’s home-cooked meals. He is St. Mary’s sweetheart!
Recently, Anthony had a wish come true when he was made NYPD Police Commissioner for a day. Anthony and his family met with Police Commissioner James O’Neill, had a tour of the Joint Operations Center, saw a NYPD Harbor vessel and visited the department’s air station at Floyd Bennett Field. It was an amazing day for Anthony and his family that they will never forget. Watch some highlights of the special day below:
4-year-old Anthony is battling a condition that causes scarring on his lungs, making it hard to breathe on his own. But he was all laughter and smiles when his favorite super heroes visited him at the hospital! https://t.co/ClMBqAs9Eb pic.twitter.com/dPfG15ESaO
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