Manhattan Times - "Love Match at Mount Sinai"
The Mount Sinai Hospital, the official medical provider for the USTA and US Open, conducted a "Trophy Tour" of the Men's and Women's trophies with patients on August 9.
Sixteen year-old tennis player, Tyler Buxbaum brought the trophies around to patients within the hospital. Tyler was born prematurely after doctors discovered he had a critical aortic stenosis while in utero. Ira Parness, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, has been Tyler's doctor. Now Tyler's heart performs like any normal teenager—only better, some might say. "He's the best you could hope for," said Dr. Parness. "He's the super outcome. There's a bell-shaped curve and he's at the upper tail of that curve," said Dr. Parness. Tyler saw his trophy-bearing as an opportunity to spread hope. "It feels good to see the other patients. I know some aren't as fortunate as me, [because] I have no restrictions. Maybe they can see what they can aspire to be," in term of recovery, he said.
- Dr. Ira Parness, Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, The Mount Sinai Medical Center