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February 12, 2021 | Patti Allen

Patti Allen and her husband, Dennis, always dreamed of becoming parents. While many couples start having children during their early years, the Allens started their family later on in life.

“My husband and I shared a strong interest in adopting children,” Patti said. “As an adopted child, I knew there were other children like me who deserved a family who could love them unconditionally. While still living in upstate New York, we came across an adoption agency that had a program that only adopted from two places – the United States and China. When we filled out the adoption application, we checked off both places. We knew there were...

February 10, 2021 | Alice Chatman

Photo courtesy of Alice Chatman

In Oct. 2020, life changed unexpectedly for Alice Chatman. Out of the blue, her daughter, Ava – who she describes as a normally healthy child – started developing unusual symptoms. At first, Alice thought it was just a bad case of upset stomach, but when Ava’s symptoms didn’t go away, she began to worry.

“A day after we celebrated Ava’s 12th birthday on Oct. 10, she didn’t feel well,” Alice said. “She started coughing really hard. She complained her stomach hurt, she felt nauseous and could barely keep anything down. All she wanted to do was drink water. When her symptoms weren’t...

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...

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