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E.g., 10/2017

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September 21, 2017 | Angelina, patient

Twenty-five months. Two lungs. One year later. What do these three things have in common? They are all part of my journey toward a new life with new lungs! After waiting 25 months for the call, I received my life-saving double lung transplant at Texas Children’s Hospital on July 13, 2016.

I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) when I was only 18 days old. CF is a genetic disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the respiratory and digestive systems. This sticky mucus leads to recurrent lung infections. However, it was a fungus that deteriorated my lungs that ultimately led to me needing a lung...

September 19, 2017 | Stanley W. Spinner, MD

We use media every day. We use it to email coworkers, find recipes for tonight’s dinner and map directions to the nearest grocery store. And children are beginning to use it more than ever. They play videogames, watch videos and use apps. According to Common Sense Media, the average teenager spends at least nine hours using media, while preteens average about six hours of screen time. 

With this overwhelming consumption of daily media, it is important parents understand the quality and quantity of media their child intakes....

September 18, 2017 | Haley, summer junior volunteer

For each and every person, art takes on a new, different meaning. It could mean something expensive and interesting to look at in a museum. It could mean mindless doodles in class. It could mean scribbled drawings done by toddlers on a refrigerator. To me, art means something more. To me, art is healing.

My name is Haley, and I currently work as a summer junior volunteer in the Periwinkle Arts in Medicine Program led by Carol Herron in the Cancer and Hematology Centers at Texas Children’s Hospital. In January, I did an independent study at Texas Children’s that observed the...

September 15, 2017 | Mary Cho, mother of patients

I have two daughters. Chloe is an outgoing, inquisitive 8-year old, an “old soul,” as I call her. My younger one, 5-year old Layla, is sweet and loving. They are just like other girls their age and simply perfect in my eyes. 

My pregnancy with Chloe was normal up until the last month. My physician was concerned that the baby was small and was hardly moving. Chloe was delivered by an emergency C-section. In the recovery room, I kept drifting in and out of consciousness. As an obstetrics and gynecology nurse, I remember thinking, “This is so strange. This isn’t normal.” Soon after, I passed out. When I came around briefly, I remember...

September 14, 2017 | Katherine Jennifer Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

During, and soon after, the recent hurricane, patients arrived at our pediatric emergency center with a variety of concerns and symptoms. As children, families and communities continue to recover, and as access to some pediatricians’ offices and urgent care clinics remain limited (by their location/hours), I thought I’d review the causes, signs, symptoms and treatment options of some of the more common childhood illnesses and injuries we have recently seen and treated at Texas Children’s emergency centers.

While riding out the storm at Texas Children’s West Campus emergency center, I evaluated and treated quite a few children with...