Who Is Eligible? 

Children 0-21 years of age who:

  • Have conditions involving multiple organ systems
  • Require the use of technology to sustain life (i.e., ventilator, tracheostomy, gastrostomy tube)
  • Use a wheelchair, braces, lifts, etc.
  • Use more medical services than the average child, i.e., those who require medical day care, shift nursing, PT/OT/ST, Community Peds Care (pain and palliative care), or are in a Medical Foster Home

    Diagnoses include, but are not limited to:

  • Severe head injury
  • Near drowning
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Chronic respiratory failure requiring ventilator support
  • Developmental delay secondary to a primary diagnosis
  • Genetic disorders
  • Severe epilepsy
  • Complex congenital heart conditions
  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunts
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

    The Bower Lyman Center for Medically Complex Children at UF is not for healthy children or those without complex medical conditions, and is not intended to be a medical home for siblings of medically complex children.

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