Mary MuellerSep 5, 2017, 3:57 pmSep 5, 2017, 5:43 pm

Back to School for some students in Valhalla

Parents say school is amazing place where educators cater to their children's medical conditions


It's the first day back to school for students at Mt. Pleasant Blythedale School, a Westchester County school where educators teach kids who are being treated at the Blythedale Children's Hospital.

The school is the first K-12 public school in the country that educates a hospital population.

Mt. Pleasant Blythedale School has around 145 students this year, many who require special intensive therapy or medical services.

For Leah Carmody, who has been going to the school since 2015 and is starting the 3rd grade, the school has been a huge help. Leah was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March of 2015 at just 5-years-old and after undergoing two biopsies she suffered a stroke, affecting her memory and leaving her partially paralyzed.

"When we came here, Leah could hardly walk and talk now she’s coming back to the little girl I once had," Leah mother, Alieen Carmody said.

Leah says when she grows up she wants to be a mother and a teacher but for now, she's looking forward to making new friends at school.

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