“I can’t imagine getting better care anywhere else.”
“I love having access to Kentucky Children’s Hospital, because God forbid, if something happened that’s not easily treatable—it’s right here, and you know you’re going to get the utmost care. You know you have access to every type of doctor you need. They make it such a beautiful, comfortable environment. We didn’t have the access to health care before that we have here. That’s a very comforting thing, especially when you have three kids.”
Kelley Buffano’s family has been through their share of bumps and bruises over the years. With three active daughters from six to twelve years old, it’s inevitable. But Kelley and her husband Frank, an assistant coach for UK Football, have relied on Kentucky Children’s Hospital for care every time. They’ve visited for everything from swimmer’s ear (for Kelley’s oldest, Isabella) to emergency care and stitches after a fall (for her youngest, Olivia). When Kelley’s middle daughter, Gabriella, appeared to have a cut on her genital area, Kelley knew just who to call to find out what was wrong.
“I had thought it was a cut, and I was like, ‘I don’t know how she would get a cut down there.’ We were seeing Dr. [Kimberly] Ringley at the time and she called in another doctor to look at it. Next, we went to the hematology department that’s connected with the oncology department. I, of course, was bawling in the office because I’m like, ‘What’s wrong with my child?’ They told me, ‘Kelley, it’s going to be fine. This is what it is: it’s a hemangioma.’ They were very hands-on and they made us very comfortable. They treated her with drops and it was a very quick turnaround for it to be treated and healed.”
Thanks to that diagnosis, Gabriella was able to be treated and healed up rapidly. She hasn’t had any further complications with hemangiomas—a birthmark formed from a nodule of extra blood vessels. But if that issue, or any others, come up again, Kelley finds great comfort in knowing her daughters’ doctors are always just a call away.
“I appreciate Dr. [Scottie] Day, and I appreciate that I could text him right now or call him and he would have no issues with that. I love the approachability of it. I think that gives parents a lot of comfort knowing that they don’t have to go through leaps and bounds just to get answers.”
As one of many young families on the football staff, the Buffanos are a part of the wide-ranging relationship between the team and Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Led by Coach Stoops and his wife, Chantel, the entire Kentucky Football family has been deeply involved in fundraising, volunteering, and supporting the mission of the hospital. For Kelley, it’s all about making sure that every family in the community can receive the care that she and her daughters have experienced.
“They give you a comfort level that you know your child’s taken care of and you know your child is receiving the best care. That’s what parents want, and that’s what parents deserve.”