Texas Children’s Hospital: Outcomes
Texas Children’s Hospital, located in Houston, Texas, is one of the nation's largest children's hospitals, with over 3.7 million patient encounters each year. With more than six decades of experience caring for some of the rarest and most complex cases, we work together to surround patients with expertise and provide the best possible outcomes for every child. Every day incredible stories occur inside our walls, here are a few of those such stories.
Jenny Rodgers went to a regular OB/GYN visit for her 20-week ultrasound, expecting everything to be normal. Instead, the news she received was earth-shattering. Her baby had only half his heart – a rare and life-threatening condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Jenny and her husband Philip chose Texas Children’s Hospital to ensure the best possible care for their son. Aiden Rodgers was born at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women and just four days later, he had his first open-heart surgery to begin repairing his half-formed heart and get him home. Visit the Texas Children's Heart Center for more information.
In June of 2015, when Eden Green was just 10 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare tumor that had spread throughout her body, including her leg, shoulder and hip cavity. Soon after diagnosis, Eden’s treatment plan was drafted by the Rare Tumors and Neuroblastoma Programs at Texas Children’s Cancer Center – which included many rounds of chemotherapy and hip surgery. Several months later, scans showed no signs of disease and Eden was officially declared cancer-free. Visit the Texas Children's Cancer Center for more information.
At 3 weeks old, Luke was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis, a rare disease that causes benign tumors to grow on the brain and other vital organs. As a result of his disease, he experienced frequent seizures that affected his development and safety. Luke was referred to Texas Children’s Neuroscience Center for laser ablation surgery. Pioneered at Texas Children’s, this minimally-invasive surgery uses real-time MRI-guided thermal imaging and laser technology to destroy the lesions in the brain that cause epilepsy and uncontrollable seizures. The surgery was a tremendous success and Luke is now seizure-free. Visit the Texas Children's Neuroscience Center for more information.
Like so many expecting parents, Amy and Joe Krese went into their 20-week ultrasound with a mix of excitement and apprehension. They were overjoyed to find they were having a girl but also learned their daughter had a bilateral congenital diaphragmatic hernia, or bilateral CDH. An MRI showed her diaphragm had two holes so her stomach and liver were both high in the chest, and her lungs were compressed into two tiny slivers. The Kreses expected the worst and prepared for their little Lydia to live for only moments after birth. But the clinical care team at Texas Children’s Fetal Center® gave them hope with the innovative fetal surgery called fetal endoscopic tracheal occlusion, or FETO. Listen to learn more about their journey at Texas Children’s Fetal Center and how the Fetal Team saved their daughter’s life with this innovative fetal surgery. Visit Texas Children's Fetal Center for more information and the full continuum of care we provide.
Madison was born with a complex lymphatic anomaly known as CLOVES Syndrome, in which there are only about 150 cases documented worldwide. As a result, her lymphatic system was not built properly, so she has pools of fluid and cysts in her upper body. However, thanks to Dr. Ionela Iacobas and the multi-disciplinary Vascular Anomalies Clinic, Madison is thriving and meeting milestones originally not thought to be possible. Visit the Vascular Anomalies Center for more information.
Vaccine-Preventable Disease: HPV
Vaccines are one of the most significant public health achievements of all time. In 2006, we were dealt a game-changer. A vaccine became available that allows parents to protect their children against a disease that causes more than half a dozen different types of cancers including cervical, head, neck, anal, penile, vaginal and vulvar. This disease – human papillomavirus, or HPV – currently affects 79 million Americans and causes 27,000 new cases of cancer in the U.S. each year. Suddenly, we became the generation that could reduce or end HPV-related cancers. And yet, sadly, many parents are declining this life-changing vaccine. Visit the Immunization Project at Texas Children’s Hospital for more information.
Built Just For Kids
On February 1, 1954 Texas Children’s Hospital was founded. That first year, 4,558 patients were treated. And the mission began to heal sick children. Texas Children’s became the first hospital in Houston dedicated solely to pediatric patients. Today, Texas Children’s Hospital takes care of millions of kids each year. From the waiting rooms to special medical devices – everything and everyone is dedicated to their care.