The Hummingbird Program at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital cares for children with many serious, life-limiting illnesses.

The Hummingbird Program cares for infants through teenagers

The Hummingbird team helps children with serious, life-limiting health problems. We work with children from infancy through the teen years. We offer palliative care so you, your child and your family can have a better quality of life.

Here are some of the health problems that our patients have:

  • Premature babies with many serious health problems
  • Many types of cancers
  • Serious genetic disorders
  • Progressive neuromuscular disorders
  • Serious metabolic disorders, such as Krabbe, Hurler’s, Neimann-Pick and Sanfilippo
  • Severe brain problems, such as hydranencephaly and holoprosencephaly
  • Severe forms of epidermolysis bullosa
  • Serious heart conditions, including single ventricle heart problems with a complicated medical course
  • Severe pulmonary hypertension
  • Severe lung problems, such as cystic fibrosis with a complicated medical course

This is not a full list of the health problems we see. If your child has a serious health problem that’s not listed, please call us to see how we might help.