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Gabrielle Giffords’ Extraordinary Journey
The Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head at pointblank range on Jan. 8 when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store in Tucson, killing six people and wounding 12 others.
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Kevin Everett Is Standing Tall After Suffering A Spinal Cord Injury
Kevin Everett arrived at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in September 2007 after suffering spinal cord injury on the field during an NFL Game.
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Multidisciplinary Approach Gives Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Patient a New Chance
The tests showed that Durham had interstitial lung disease (ILD), a term that encompasses a large group of lung disorders that can cause scarring, or fibrosis, of the lungs. The scarring can stiffen the lungs, causing permanent breathing problems.
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Man Donates Kidney
Living kidney donation is usually the fastest and most effective way for a person with end-stage kidney disease to receive a kidney transplant.
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Jennifer's Story
The week before Easter 2018, in addition to her liver disease, her kidneys were also failing. Her body began to swell. She wanted to stay home with her family for the holiday, but it became clear that she would not survive the weekend. The ambulance headed to a Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston.
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Gray’s Story – Flawless Teamwork Saves 3-Year-Old Trauma Patient’s Life
What began as a typical weekday evening for the Guice family of Atascocita, Texas, almost became one of unimaginable loss when 3-year-old Grayson “Gray” slipped in the bathroom onto a ceramic trash can and was impaled by a broken shard.
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Lexi’s Story: Bouncing back from a Shattered Femur
A double bounce on a trampoline at her brother’s birthday party sent 11-year-old Lexi spiraling out of control, landing hard on her right leg. Thankfully, Lexi would end up in the skilled hands of Lindsay Crawford, MD, an affiliated pediatric orthopedic surgeon at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
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Support Means Everything
A few years ago, Edna Doberson began to feel tired and immediately knew something was wrong...
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Gerrie’s Story: Pain Management Keeps Spine Surgery at Bay
After being told she would not be able to walk within a year without back surgery, retired nurse Geraldine “Gerrie” Sullivan sought a second opinion and found neuroradiologist and pain management specialist John Beerbower, M.D.
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Brenda Longoria: New Year, New Body: A Life-Changing Weight Loss Story
October 4 is almost like a second birthday for me. I’m so thankful to have been able to take control of my health.
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Camden’s Story: Surgical Correction for Pectus
After year's of different diagnoses, Camden's breathing and chest pains were worsening until the doctors at Children's Memorial Hermann stepped in and got him the diagnosis and treatment he needed.
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Mina’s Story: Teen Gymnast Overcomes Vascular Anomaly
Fourteen-year-old Mina is a champion. Every day, she overcomes obstacles to pursue her lifelong goal of becoming a world-class gymnast. But recently, despite her hard work and fierce determination to be the best, Mina almost met her match.
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Hayes’ Story: Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis
Hayes appeared to be a perfectly healthy newborn. Three hours after birth, however, a nurse who was listening to his heart through a stethoscope heard an abnormal heart sound – a heart murmur – indicating a possible heart problem.
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Aryah’s CDH Story: The First FETO Intervention Patient of The Fetal Center
“We saved our daughter for our wedding anniversary,” Courtney says as she reflects on the impactful events she and her husband, Robert, have experienced together. They both remember the feeling of pure joy in January 2016 when finding out they were pregnant with their second child – a baby girl – after three years of trying.
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Pregnant after 40: Jennifer’s story
As fall of 2011 approached, Jennifer Sailors was 40 years old and in the prime of her life. Between working and having a family, Jennifer was busy, but she was used to that. Then one day, she realized she was feeling run-down.
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Moving Back to Houston for the Twins
Already parents of two, the Agees knew this pregnancy was going to be a little more complicated than the others—but they didn’t yet realize it would mean a move back to Texas. “We had planned on moving from Houston to Jackson Hole, Wyoming,” Ashley explains. “We bought a house in Jackson, then we found out we were pregnant. A week later, we found out it was twins. We had sold our house in Houston by that time.”
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In The Blood
Until Christmas Day in 2010, DaVonne Christopher’s first pregnancy had been rather unremarkable. But that evening, during dinner, she went into labor, giving birth to son Eli the following day. Though no complications occurred during the delivery itself, the newborn was quickly whisked away by medical staff; he was severely anemic and in need of additional medical care.
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A Smile So Sweet - Jacob's Cleft Lip Story
On April 21, 2014, Leah Yeglin gave birth to her son, Jacob. Moments later, she began to sense something was wrong – and soon learned her intuition was right. A nurse informed her that Jacob had a cleft lip but, thankfully, was otherwise healthy. “It was a shock,” Yeglin remembers. “I thought that was a problem in third world countries.”
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Bending the Curve - Mya's Scoliosis Story
It was November 2014, and Mya Aguilar was three months into her eighth-grade year. She had been called down to the school nurse for an annual checkup.
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Off His Chest: Dylan’s Pectus Story
Being a teenager is often difficult and confusing. For Dylan Palomino, that was compounded by his discovery, at age 14, that he had the genetic condition known as pectus excavatum, which causes the breastbone to sink into the chest, sometimes dramatically.
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Filling the Gaps: Gavin’s CDH Story
Amy Sager was 20 weeks pregnant with her second child when, during a routine ultrasound, she found out she was carrying a boy. But for Sager and her husband, Kevin, what should have been a joyous moment soon gave way to concern.
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Max’s Story: Little Patients – More Than Just Small Adults
It was 6 a.m. on a summer morning when it happened: 3-year-old Max Mullervy, asleep next to his mother, Laura, rolled off the bed. He missed the cushions she had placed on the floor, and on the way down, hit his eye on the side table. Max’s scream woke his mom with a start.
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Sticky Situation: When Glue Fixes a Brain and Saves a Life
When a very rare brain condition caused fourth-grader Lauren Lackey to slip into a coma, her parents, Sandy and Mark Lackey, were glad the ambulance made the long drive to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
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Chloe's Journey with Dysautonomia
In March of 2010, when Chloe was just weeks from turning 17 and a few months away from graduation, she finds the right doctor, finally figures out what’s wrong, and sets out to overcome it.
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A surgeon’s secret: As she operated on babies’ birth defects, a doctor hid her own diagnosis
For many years, Dr. Mary Austin could count on one hand the people who knew. There was her close friend through middle school, who helped her pee by pushing on her lower abdomen. Years later, during her surgical training at Vanderbilt University, she confided in a mentor. Her husband knew, of course. But until now, she hadn’t told even some of her close colleagues — or her patients.
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