"We weren’t sure what was going on with Holly but Dr. Ann Schiemann stayed on top of it. She pushed my husband and I to pursue different doctors until we got to the bottom of it,” mom Ashleigh

Born with epilepsy, global developmental delays, and a suspected genetic disorder, Holly has been a patient at Hopkins since she was 7 weeks old. With a wide array of mysterious symptoms, she has been a quintessential Hopkins case.  To treat Holly, the doctors at Hopkins Children’s put together a multidisciplinary team that tackled each of her problems in tandem. The team includes gastroenterologist Dr. Ann Scheimann, neurologist Dr. Adam Hartman, and Dr. Ronald Cohn in Genetics. 

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“We weren’t sure what was going on with Holly but Dr. Ann Schiemann stayed on top of it. She pushed my husband and I to pursue different doctors until we got to the bottom of it. We still don't have all the answers but with her persistence, we see the most incredible doctors. Having them to help us make informed decisions and just to be supportive has made decisions much easier,” says mom, Ashleigh. 

Sadly, Holly's prognosis is not good and her family has recently started working with a hospice. She continues to have breath-stopping seizures, extremely low muscle tone and a gastric tube for feeding.  

“If it weren't for the amazing support of the Hopkins Children’s nurses and doctors we have worked with and continue to work with, I don't think we would be able to feel comfortable in our own home. However, I am so thankful that we have a hospital like Hopkins Children’s so close and so willing to make the transition from hospital to home so easy and comfortable,” her mom says.