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March 06, 2020 | Zach and Katie Wester-Neal
Charlie | Texas Children's Hospital NRI

Photo courtesy of Katie Wester-Neal

Our 4-year-old Charlie is an exceptionally happy child. Like many kids his age, he loves playing with trucks, being outdoors, music and reading. Charlie is unique because he has MECP2 Duplication Syndrome (MECP2D), a rare neurogenetic disorder.

Along with his fraternal twin, Drew, Charlie was born prematurely. Initially, both boys had feeding issues. Unlike Drew, Charlie had breathing problems as well. Everyone, including our physicians, attributed these issues to prematurity and felt confident they would both eventually outgrow it. It came true for Drew – his...

March 02, 2020 | Karla Fredricks, MD, MPH, FAAP
Medicaid and CHIP | Texas Children's Hospital

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Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have provided health coverage for low-income families in the U.S. for more than 50 years. These important health insurance services protect more than one-third of children and teens in the country.

Despite the continued availability of these programs, the number of children who do not have health insurance has increased at an alarming rate in recent years. Recent data show lower enrollment in...

February 24, 2020 | Eunice Fafiyebi, Texas Children's Hospital

High temperatures, vomiting, stomach aches, congestion and sometimes blood. These are some of the symptoms parents dread as they are usually followed by the question: “Where should I take my child?” To alleviate some of the stress this age-old question brings, we created a collection of wintertime blogs to help parents and caregivers determine when to take a child to the Emergency Center vs. Urgent Care. Any time your family needs to seek medical care, Texas Children's Emergency Centers and Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics are here for you through every emergent or urgent ailment or illness.

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February 21, 2020 | Terry and Missy Pool, Macey's parents

Fourteen years ago, Missy Pool unassumingly went in for an ultrasound that would forever change her life, and that of her future daughter's -- Macey.

“The ultrasound tech noted that something was not adding up; it was a pretty big deal. They noticed right way that Macey had hydrocephalus,” Missy recalled.

Hydrocephalus is a condition where there is a buildup of fluid in the brain.

After learning about the diagnosis, Missy saw a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist every week for the rest of her pregnancy and delivered Macey at 39 weeks old on an...

February 10, 2020 | Maria and Fernando Padilla, Victoria's parents
Victoria | Texas Children's Cancer Center
Click here to read part 1 of Victoria's story 

Four years ago, Victoria was battling hepatoblastoma, a rare liver cancer, at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, today she is a very happy 5-year-old.  Looking back at the last four years since her diagnosis, Maria Garcia Fernandez, Victoria’s mother, reflects on the family’s journey from a difficult diagnosis to navigating their new normal...

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