Way to Go, Mary Ellen!

As always, the November issue of Baltimore Magazine featured the region’s top doctors.  In “The Tale of My Most Mysterious Case,” Dr. Melissa Sparrow, Chief of Pediatrics at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, gave well-deserved credit and praise to nurse Mary Ellen Zachweia Helton, CHH ’75 for her astute ears. Mary Ellen was caring for a two-month-old child and noticed that the child’s cry had changed. She immediately got the doctor to listen and re-examine the patient, ultimately leading to a diagnosis of a rare condition of Infant Botulism. The child was immediately transferred to another facility where she could receive a life-saving antidote.

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