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New York (Sep 25, 2010)

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The players may not have been the Yankees and the Mets, but the softball game that Team Greenfield and Team Souweidane played at Battery Park City Field on June 26 was as exhilarating as any played by New York's baseball stars. More than 20 children ages 6 to 17 who had been treated for brain tumors, head trauma and spinal tumors comprised the teams named for their physicians, Jeffrey P. Greenfield, MD, PhD, Assistant Neurological Surgeon, and Mark M. Souweidane, MD, Director of Pediatric Neurological Surgery at the NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health.

The neurosurgeons played alongside their patients at the event entitled "Lids for Kids." Before they took to the field, the physicians conducted a brief lesson on head injury prevention for patients and their families. "By far, the most effective treatment regarding pediatric head injury is prevention," says Dr. Souweidane. "The use of protective devices like child restraints, seat belts and helmets needs to be emphasized."

A brain tumor survivor, Anthony Zerato, said, "Dr. Greenfield and Dr. Souweidane are like my angels. When I was sick, they helped me get better, and now I have angels for the rest of my life."

"When we operate on children, this sort of becomes a family for us," says Dr. Greenfield, "And these are kids we will see for the rest of their childhood."

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