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February 25, 2021 | Kate Hurlbut, RN, CPNP, Texas Children’s Pediatrics

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Five years ago, my husband, Phillip, and I mourned the loss of our beautiful 7-week-old twin daughter, Ella Grace. She fought courageously in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Children’s Hospital until she passed away in Sept. 2015. Since our daughter’s untimely death, one thing that has helped us find healing and comfort is providing support and outreach to other patient families experiencing grief.

As thankful as we are for the care we received when Ella passed, we realized the need for a more private environment for parents to say goodbye to their babies. When the...

February 22, 2021 | Stephanie Chapman, PhD

February is Black History Month. This is a great time for kids to learn about Black and African American culture, contributions and achievements. It’s also an important time to refocus our efforts on teaching antiracism and racial justice. Unfortunately, with COVID-19, many of the traditional programs in schools, churches and local communities are unable to proceed. Some ways families can continue the celebration of Black History Month in 2021 are:

  1. Story time: There are many beautiful and inspiring children’s books about Black history. You can...
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

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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...