An inside look at South Florida’s only Intensive Outpatient Feeding Program

An inside look at South Florida’s only Intensive Outpatient Feeding Program (WPEC)

Imagine if your child refused to eat and drink everything you put in front of them.

And there was nothing you can do to change it.

CBS12 spoke with a local family who said their child learned how to eat thanks to a one of a kind program in South Florida.

“Good girl!”

Teagan loves eating. Doesn’t matter what it is.

“She eats rice and black beans and all that stuff and barbecue chicken sandwiches,” said Ana Farrah, Teagan’s mother.

But it hasn’t always been this way.

“You are a totally different baby. Yes, you are,” Farrah said.

After being diagnosed with an intestine infection when she was only 11 days old, Teagan underwent eight surgeries and needed a feeding tube.

“I would try to feed her and she hated the chair and she hated everything and she didn’t want to eat,” Farrah said.

That’s when Teagan’s mother found the intensive outpatient feeding program at Bethesda Hospital.

The two-year-old has spent almost a year learning how to eat.

“At this point we are working on oral motor and strengthening,” said the therapist.

“I think what sets us apart is that our patients come to us five days a wee, three meals a day and at the end of the day the families can still go home and enjoy the day with their families,” said Karen Patti, the rehab team leader for Center of Pediatric Development at Bethesda Hospital.

“Where did it go? I don't know. I don't know. It’s in your mouth. You have to finish,” said the nurse.

Now, Teagan is a healthier toddler, just like her twin sister.

“Yay. You did it!”

The hospital is striving to expand the intensive feeding program to help more children.

It hopes to do that with funds raised from the upcoming 19th Annual Women of Grace Luncheon on Nov. 5, 2018.

For tickets and more information on the event, visit here.

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