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Patient Story: Pectus Surgery Puts Basketball Star Back on the Court
Gage Hulse is having the time of his life. The 19-year-old basketball star from Huffman, Texas, recently graduated from high school and is college bound on a full-ride athletic scholarship. During his senior year, he led his team, the Huffman Falcons, to a record-breaking season and a district championship and led the district in points, assists, rebounds and steals.
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Cason's Story: Boy Born With Half A Heart Undergoes Innovative Procedure Giving Him A Normal Heart
The Children’s Heart Center is currently one of only a handful of centers in the world offering biventricular repairs and conversions as part of a comprehensive Biventricular Repair Program. “There are thousands of kids with failing single ventricles who can be treated with this new, lifesaving procedure. And even kids who are not candidates for the full biventricular conversion should be re-evaluated. There are many procedures we can perform to improve their quality and length of life. We just need to look at these kids with an open mind,” says Dr. Salazar.
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A Miracle Baby for the Pinedas
When Brittany Pineda learned she was pregnant with her fourth child, she knew she would go to The Fetal Center at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for pregnancy care. "There was never any question about it," says Pineda, who lives in Metairie, Louisiana, with her husband, Carlos Pineda, and their three children.
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Aubree Ford: Positive Steps Towards Independence
Aubree was diagnosed as a baby with spastic triplegic cerebral palsy. In her case, both her legs and her left arm had spasticity – a condition that made her affected limbs rigid and stiff. Because of the spasticity, Aubree has had physical therapy since she was a baby to help manage it. She has needed assistance to help with her mobility and has used a pediatric walker since she was 4...
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Grayson’s Story: Staying Ahead of Type 1 Diabetes
Thirteen-year-old Grayson likes typical kid things – basketball, taekwondo, running, pizza and birthday cake. For Grayson, these things, which a “typical” kid might take for granted, carry a potential danger. Without proactive management of his insulin intake, too much physical exertion can send his blood sugar plummeting; too many carbohydrates can send it skyrocketing. Either can be life-threatening for Grayson, who has type 1 diabetes.
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Caleb’s Story: Successful Emergency Surgery for Obstructed Pulmonary Vein
A well-orchestrated chain of events saved the life of Caleb, a newborn with a rare and very serious congenital (present at birth) heart defect. Fortunately, that chain was populated by an experienced and collaborative team who worked together seamlessly to diagnose, transport and treat the baby.
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Mila Grace: The Little Smile Monster
When Natalie’s unborn baby daughter, Mila Grace, was diagnosed with spina bifida in utero, Natalie and her husband, Kevin, were stunned.
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Less Invasive Surgical Technique Used to Repair Baby Beau’s Heart
At three-and-a-half months old, Beau made Texas medical history when the hole in his tiny heart was closed with the help of a specialized, minimally invasive surgical technique offered at Children’s Heart Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
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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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