Centre Hall youth overcomes rare genetic disease

PHOTO PROVIDED 2019 Miracle Kid Tessa Watson, with Stacy Lockcuff, physician assistant, pediatric orthopaedics.

CENTRE HALL –Tessa Watson of Centre Hall is one of eight 2019 Miracle Kids representing Geisinger Janet Weis Childrens Hospital.

Tessa was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone syndrome, which led to multiple fractures while she was a baby and toddler. She was treated by Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital orthopaedic specialists.

Her mother found treatment that could help strengthen her bones, but the infusions are only administered at a few medical centers on the East Coast. Her pediatrician at Geisinger Gray’s Woods helped coordinate the care to allow Tessa to receive the treatments. Tessa received infusions to temporarily strengthen her bones, allowing her to concentrate on important things like twirling a baton, cheerleading and being a kid.

Donations to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital have provided the pediatric orthopaedic department with special car seats that Tessa’s family used when she was stuck in body casts as an infant.

Join Tessa and other Miracle Kids on June 1 and 2 for Celebrating Miracles Weekend at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, Tipton. Tune in to WTAJ, Altoona/State College from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, June 2 to learn more about our 2019 Miracle Kids.

Make a donation online at geisinger.org/cmn or by calling 1-800-322-5437.

About Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger

Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger helps make miracles happen every day at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and more than 40 medical groups and pediatric specialty outreach clinics. A nonprofit organization, it has raised more than $64 million for pediatric services, equipment and programs throughout Geisinger Health System since 1984. For more information on Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, call 1-800-322-5437 or (570) 271-6188, or visit www.geisinger.org/cmn.