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Faith Hagler
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 Patient Story
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
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
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 Barake
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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Heart Full of Gratitude
Mason Brown, a former patient of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, was diagnosed in utero with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome,a congenital heart defect, and underwent his first open-heart surgery shortly after birth. After celebrating his fourth birthday, Mason and his parents, Erinn and Kevin, visited CMHH to hand out goodies and “have a day of gratitude” for the physicians and team at the Children’s Heart Program who cared for Mason throughout his operations and recovery.
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Riley L.
Riley: No Stone Unturned
When Riley’s parents enrolled her in a clinical trial for recurrent medulloblastoma, a fast-growing, high-grade tumor located in the cerebellum, her response to treatment was dramatic. The trial is available only at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
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Ellis Roberts
Heart Failure Threatens to End Baby’s Life Before He’s Born
Florida residents, Sara Roberts and her husband, Dillon, traveled to The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital after their unborn baby was diagnosed with a fatal condition known as bronco-pulmonary sequestration (BPS), which threatened to end his life before he was even born.
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Wesley Robertson
Infant Suffers Up to Fifty Seizures One Day and Zero the Next
April and Scott Robertson's 5-month-old son, Wesley, had up to 50 seizures per day before undergoing brain surgery by Manish Shah, M.D. and his team. Since the operation, Wesley has not had a seizure..
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Conjoined Twins Share Their Story – 18 Years Later
After 18 years, previously conjoined twins, Emily and Caitlin Copeland, share their story of being separated 10 months after birth.
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Baby Luke's Battle With CDH
When Megan and Ryan Webb were expecting identical twins, Jayden and Luke, they learned that Luke was diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and visited Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital for prenatal and postnatal care. After birth, their team of specialists preformed repair procedures on Luke,and now, both toddlers have crossed the developmental milestones for their age.
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