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Young Entrepreneur Helps ICU Patients

August 25th, 2015

St. Catherine’s ICU/CCU Manager Lisa Koshansky, RN, was trying to think of a way to help her patients deal with post operative challenges, but it was her daughter Sophia who took the initiative to solve the problem. Sophia, a 13 year old student from Kings Park created “Happy Sacs” to hold the drains that are needed to reduce swelling after breast reconstructive surgery. “I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to get around with six drains, so I hand sewed appliqués, beads and buttons to alter common carpenter aprons for the patients," said Sophia.”St. Catherine's Administrative Director of Reconstructive Microsurgery Diana Yoon-Schwartz, MD, was so impressed she wrote Sophia a personal note of thanks.

Proud mother Mrs. Koshansky exclaimed, “Sophia just amazed me with her creativity and ability to problem solve, she had a lot of fun making the Happy Sacs.” Sophia hopes that helping the patients with their mobility, especially in the first days after surgery, will speed their recovery. “I want the patients to know that they are strong and nothing can stand in their way of being awesome”, said Sophia.


Photo Caption (L-R): Lorraine Incarnato, RN, Sophia Koshansky, Meg Comparato, RN