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February 09, 2021 | By Guillermo Aldave, MD, PhD, Director of Neurosurgery Oncology

As a pediatric neurosurgeon for the Brain Tumor Program at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers®, I’ve seen many pediatric and adolescent patients with different types of brain tumors. When we evaluate, diagnose and treat these patients, our team uses a multidisciplinary approach to ensure every treatment plan is tailored to the patient’s individualized needs to produce the best possible outcome.

When I first met 5-year-old Calvin in December 2020, he had been diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma, a slow-growing tumor located on his brainstem. While his doctors in Colorado were confident the tumor was low-grade, they could...

February 03, 2021 | Olutoyin Olutoye MD, M.Sc., FAAP

Photo was taken prior to COVID-19

This week is set aside to celebrate our anesthesiologists for the hard work they do behind the scenes. Anesthesiologists are the physicians responsible for providing anesthesia to patients undergoing surgery or other procedures. This entails ensuring patients fall into a deep sleep smoothly before surgery starts, stay unaware of the ongoing surgery, receive adequate pain management during surgery and ensuring the patient wakes up promptly and comfortably after surgery. Most patients at Texas Children’s Hospital receive general anesthesia as described above, but a small subset of patients –...

February 02, 2021 | By Lauren Bednarz

Photo was taken prior to COVID-19. Courtesy of Lauren Bednarz

Living with a chronic illness takes courage, perseverance, acceptance and a positive mindset. For 33-year-old Lauren Bednarz, every time she listens to her heartbeat or looks down at the eight faded scars on her chest, she is reminded of how grateful she is to be alive. Lauren considers herself a congenital heart disease survivor.

At 10 weeks old, Lauren was diagnosed with Tricuspid Atresia and a large Ventricular Septal Defect. Tricuspid Atresia is when the Tricuspid Valve is either abnormally deformed or did not form at all causing the right ventricle to...

January 29, 2021 | Megan Koudelka, MSN, CRNA

Bringing your child for a surgical or diagnostic procedure can be extremely worrisome, but an amazing team of qualified and caring providers awaits you at Texas Children’s Hospital. A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, or CRNA, is one of the many team members who works with the anesthesiologist, surgeon, radiologist, nurses, techs and many others to take care of your child.

A CRNA is an advanced practice nurse specializing in anesthesia. Prior to applying to a graduate program in nurse anesthesia, a registered nurse must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), at least two years of experience in critical care (ICU) or...

January 26, 2021 | Deedy Breaux, RN, Radiology staff nurse

Life is such a precious gift. Whether it’s spending time with my husband and our four grown children, staying virtually connected with our extended family and friends, or playing with our beautiful 6-year-old granddaughter, I am thankful to be alive and celebrate these precious moments. Every day, I count my blessings and appreciate every aspect of my life, even when faced with unexpected challenges.

A few weeks before Thanksgiving last year, I never imagined I’d be fighting the biggest battle of my life. One minute, I was healthy. The next minute, I was struggling to breathe as my life hung in the balance. Since I had a history of...