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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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Noah’s Story: Acute Appendicitis
Noah’s Story: Acute Appendicitis
When 9-year-old Noah complained of a stomachache, his mother, Susan, attributed it to everything he ate the day before. A few days later Noah went to a pediatrician, who took one look at Noah, touched his stomach and sent them straight to the nearest ER at Children’s Memorial Hermann at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land.
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Faith Hagler Five Years Later: Celebrating Independence from Spina Bifida
Picture the bounciest, bubbliest five-year-old you can imagine. Her songs and dance moves come straight from Beyoncé. She loves bright colors and runs to the mirror to check every outfit. Her goal is to be a superstar. And she is a child who was born with spina bifida, one whose immediate future appeared more filled with shunts, catheters and leg braces than mirrors and dancing.
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Ishaan Pavuluri Makes A Comeback
After a near-drowning incident, a young boy benefits from the interdisciplinary care provided at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital – and avoids major surgery of the airway.
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MaKayla’s Story: Scoliosis Strikes Out
MaKayla’s scoliosis diagnosis came as a complete shock. A visit to the chiropractor for a back injury revealed a significant curve in her spine.
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Treveon's Story: Scoliosis Surgery Puts Treveon Back in Action
Treveon's dreams of going pro are temporarily sidelined after a routine visit to his pediatrician.
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Grace’s Story: Overcoming CDH
Marlen and Kevin turn to the Fetal Center after their unborn baby, Grace, was diagnosed with CDH.
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Hydrocephalus: A personal matter becomes a professional motivation
Wright was one of them. Born premature with fluid on the brain, Wright had her first brain surgery at 4 months old. Despite the numerous surgeries that followed and crushing headaches from her condition, Wright hit her developmental milestones and excelled academically.
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Fixing Matthew’s Leg - One Millimeter at a Time
Matthew and his family were at their house on Lake Livingston enjoying some family time when tragedy struck. 
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Laryngotracheal Reconstruction – A long-awaited resolution for Jayda Hector
After 12 trips to the OR at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, the six year- old girl was recently discharged from care in an office visit her mother describes as “bittersweet.”
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Ishaan Pavuluri Makes a Comeback
The Pavuliri family’s Easter egg hunt took a turn for the worst after finding Ishaan unconscious at the bottom of the swimming pool.
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Supraglottoplasty for Neonatal Laryngomalacia
One of the tiny twins combats combination of laryngomalacia, retrognathia and a viral infection.
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Cristian Serrato: Deep Brain Stimulation Transforms a Life
Until the age of six, Cristian was walking, talking and eating normally. “Then one by one she started losing all the milestones she’d met,” says Guadalupe Serrato, her father. “I have videos of her going to the park, playing on the jungle gym, playing with her friends and then she could no longer do any of those things.”
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Thea’s Story: Hemangioma, an Angel’s Kiss
During a routine well-baby checkup shortly after Thea was born, her pediatrician noted a small red spot on Thea’s temple, adjacent her right eye.
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Back from the Brink: Dominic's Story
Dominic was only 18-months-old when he followed the family dog out the back door and fell into the family’s hot tub.
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Leila Pedraza’s Light at the End of the Tunnel
Three-year-old Leila Pedraza went to her first ballet class in September 2016, an experience that might have been beyond her reach without the medical skills of Amy Schefler, M.D., FACS, an affiliated ocular oncologist and retinoblastoma specialist at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Texas Retinoblastoma Center in Houston, and Mark Dannenbaum, M.D., a neurointerventionalist at Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center.
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The Perfect Candidate for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy | Children's Neuroscience Center
Born seven weeks early, Darius suffered an intraventricular hemorrhage in the first few days of life – a common occurrence with premature birth. The hemorrhage left him with a single significant deficit: spasticity in the lower limbs...
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John's Story: Bracing Best for Chest
John's rapid growth in eighth grade, came with a side effect. A little unevenness in his chest wall grew into a noticeable protrusion.
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Cassandra's Story: Gastroschisis
As Sabrina sat at her 16-week checkup, she was expecting her appointment to be ordinary. However, after receiving her ultrasound, she found out her baby girl was diagnosed with a birth defect known as gastroschisis.
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Macy's Story: Cleft Lip and Palate
As Kenzie and Ricky attended their routine 18-week ultrasound, they expected everything to go smoothly; however, they received unexpected information about their baby girl, Macy.
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Remmy’s Story: Repairing Patent Ductus Arteriosus
When seven-year-old Remmy had occasional shortness of breath and seemed more tired than usual, it never occurred to his parents that he might have a problem with his heart.
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