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Lexi’s Story: Bouncing back from a Shattered Femur
A double bounce on a trampoline at her brother’s birthday party sent 11-year-old Lexi spiraling out of control, landing hard on her right leg. Thankfully, Lexi would end up in the skilled hands of Lindsay Crawford, MD, an affiliated pediatric orthopedic surgeon at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
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Chadrick’s Story: Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
Fourteen-year-old Chadrick, who plays outside linebacker for his school’s football team, struggled with hip soreness and stiffness for months, especially when engaging in physical activities...
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Cameron’s Story: Multidisciplinary Team Supports Boy on his Long Journey of Healing
Cameron is on the “A” honor roll in his fifth-grade class, a significant achievement for any kid. Cameron is not just any kid. He is a survivor. At 10 years of age, Cameron has already undergone 24 surgical procedures.
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Camden’s Story: Surgical Correction for Pectus
After year's of different diagnoses, Camden's breathing and chest pains were worsening until the doctors at Children's Memorial Hermann stepped in and got him the diagnosis and treatment he needed.
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Mina’s Story: Teen Gymnast Overcomes Vascular Anomaly
Fourteen-year-old Mina is a champion. Every day, she overcomes obstacles to pursue her lifelong goal of becoming a world-class gymnast. But recently, despite her hard work and fierce determination to be the best, Mina almost met her match.
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Hayes’ Story: Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis
Hayes appeared to be a perfectly healthy newborn. Three hours after birth, however, a nurse who was listening to his heart through a stethoscope heard an abnormal heart sound – a heart murmur – indicating a possible heart problem.
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Aryah’s CDH Story: The First FETO Intervention Patient of The Fetal Center
“We saved our daughter for our wedding anniversary,” Courtney says as she reflects on the impactful events she and her husband, Robert, have experienced together. They both remember the feeling of pure joy in January 2016 when finding out they were pregnant with their second child – a baby girl – after three years of trying.
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Pregnant after 40: Jennifer’s story
As fall of 2011 approached, Jennifer Sailors was 40 years old and in the prime of her life. Between working and having a family, Jennifer was busy, but she was used to that. Then one day, she realized she was feeling run-down.
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Moving Back to Houston for the Twins
Already parents of two, the Agees knew this pregnancy was going to be a little more complicated than the others—but they didn’t yet realize it would mean a move back to Texas. “We had planned on moving from Houston to Jackson Hole, Wyoming,” Ashley explains. “We bought a house in Jackson, then we found out we were pregnant. A week later, we found out it was twins. We had sold our house in Houston by that time.”
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In The Blood
Until Christmas Day in 2010, DaVonne Christopher’s first pregnancy had been rather unremarkable. But that evening, during dinner, she went into labor, giving birth to son Eli the following day. Though no complications occurred during the delivery itself, the newborn was quickly whisked away by medical staff; he was severely anemic and in need of additional medical care.
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A Smile So Sweet - Jacob's Cleft Lip Story
On April 21, 2014, Leah Yeglin gave birth to her son, Jacob. Moments later, she began to sense something was wrong – and soon learned her intuition was right. A nurse informed her that Jacob had a cleft lip but, thankfully, was otherwise healthy. “It was a shock,” Yeglin remembers. “I thought that was a problem in third world countries.”
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Bending the Curve - Mya's Scoliosis Story
It was November 2014, and Mya Aguilar was three months into her eighth-grade year. She had been called down to the school nurse for an annual checkup.
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Off His Chest: Dylan’s Pectus Story
Being a teenager is often difficult and confusing. For Dylan Palomino, that was compounded by his discovery, at age 14, that he had the genetic condition known as pectus excavatum, which causes the breastbone to sink into the chest, sometimes dramatically.
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Filling the Gaps: Gavin’s CDH Story
Amy Sager was 20 weeks pregnant with her second child when, during a routine ultrasound, she found out she was carrying a boy. But for Sager and her husband, Kevin, what should have been a joyous moment soon gave way to concern.
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Max’s Story: Little Patients – More Than Just Small Adults
It was 6 a.m. on a summer morning when it happened: 3-year-old Max Mullervy, asleep next to his mother, Laura, rolled off the bed. He missed the cushions she had placed on the floor, and on the way down, hit his eye on the side table. Max’s scream woke his mom with a start.
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Sticky Situation: When Glue Fixes a Brain and Saves a Life
When a very rare brain condition caused fourth-grader Lauren Lackey to slip into a coma, her parents, Sandy and Mark Lackey, were glad the ambulance made the long drive to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
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Chloe's Journey with Dysautonomia
In March of 2010, when Chloe was just weeks from turning 17 and a few months away from graduation, she finds the right doctor, finally figures out what’s wrong, and sets out to overcome it.
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A surgeon’s secret: As she operated on babies’ birth defects, a doctor hid her own diagnosis
For many years, Dr. Mary Austin could count on one hand the people who knew. There was her close friend through middle school, who helped her pee by pushing on her lower abdomen. Years later, during her surgical training at Vanderbilt University, she confided in a mentor. Her husband knew, of course. But until now, she hadn’t told even some of her close colleagues — or her patients.
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Finally at Ease: A Remarkable Surgery Cures a 3-Month-Old Baby with Epilepsy
By the time he was 3 months old, Wesley’s seizures were occurring up to 55 times a day—every minute or two while he was awake, and every 10 to 15 minutes when he slept. When it was clear medicine wasn't the solution, surgery became the best option.
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Helping Out in Haiti
In January, a 13-member team from the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth made their annual medical mission trip to Haiti, where they spent five days caring for children with hydrocephalus.
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Lizzy’s NICU Stay: The Bright Spot in a Dark Cloud
Meghann had planned a natural home birth for her first child, Elizabeth Caroline (“Lizzy”). When she started having abdominal pains at 23 weeks, her midwife ordered lab tests that came back normal. A week before Lizzy was born on January 18, 2013, severe abdominal pain sent Meghann to the ER at nearby Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.
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Iris’ Story: MoMo Twins Survive Rollercoaster Start
When Iris finally got her wish, an ultrasound revealed not one, but two heartbeats. Twins. Identical twins, in fact. Iris and her husband were elated. But the ultrasound indicated a potential problem, and her doctor referred her to The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
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Treating a Life-Threatening Brain Injury: From Life Flight to OR Table in Nine Minutes
A small bump on the head during a game at his elementary school in Lufkin, Texas – at first Landon Courtney’s injury seemed minor. The seven-year-old was playing four corners in his P.E. class in early March 2016 when his feet got tangled with a classmate’s. He fell to the gym floor fast, striking his head.
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Endoscopic Management of Sagittal Craniosynostosis
A rare condition that occurs in 1 in 2,500 babies born in the United States, craniosynostosis changes the growth pattern of the skull by premature fusion of its fibrous sutures. Robert is among the 40 percent to 60 percent of cases in which the sagittal suture fuses earlier than normal. Thanks to his mother’s persistence and a physician’s awareness of the signs of craniosynostosis, he was diagnosed well before the age of three months, early enough to qualify for endoscopic surgery.
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Another Infant Avoids a Shunt
Harper Lowery was born prematurely at 29 weeks 6 days, the larger of fraternal twins. A cranial ultrasound performed at 10 days of life revealed a bilateral intraventricular hemorrhage. With blood clots blocking the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), Harper’s head began to enlarge to accommodate the buildup, an indication of hydrocephalus.
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