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  • Allen graduates from Spanish Bilingual Assistant class

    William Allen, M.D. was one of 15 bilingual staff at Driscoll Children’s Hospital to graduate from a 60-hour Spanish Bilingual Assistant (SBA) class on July 14. The class included a comprehensive language screening process and was conducted over six weeks. The SBA program is supported by the National Medical Interpreter … Read More
  • Driscoll Children’s Hospital receives the Texas Award for Performance Excellence

    CORPUS CHRISTI – This month, Driscoll Children’s Hospital was presented with the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) by the Quality Texas Foundation, making it the only children’s hospital in Texas to receive this recognition. The award elevates the hospital to the Progress Level, the third of five levels of achievement. Read More
  • Published June 16, 2008

    Aldo Vasquez, 2 year-old from Brownsville, Texas

    Aldo’s parents were very excited about their first pregnancy but at only three months gestation, birth defects were detected. His parents were referred to pediatric Geneticist, Dr. Raymond Lewandowski and subsequent to a few analyses, Aldo was scheduled to be transferred to DCH immediately after his birth. Diagnosed with … Read More
  • Published May 29, 2008

    Sarah, 6-year-old from Petronila, Texas

    Sarah was born premature at 4 pounds 12 ounces, and immediately transferred to Driscoll’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. During her 42-day stay, she underwent surgery to correct gastroschesis, a condition where part of her intestines were outside her body. Since then, she has also had numerous surgeries to correct her … Read More
  • Published May 28, 2008

    Andrew, 4 years-old from Corpus Christi, Texas

    Before birth, Andrew was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. The hole in the muscle that separates the chest from the abdominal cavity allowed some of his organs normally found in the abdomen to move up into his chest cavity. Cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr. Mark Morales and Dr. Mark Bielefield, repaired … Read More
  • Published May 28, 2008

    Hayden, 5 year-old from Victoria, Texas

    After a trip to the Emergency Room, surgeon Dr. Stephen Almond diagnosed Hayden with Hirschsprung’s disease, a hereditary birth defect where nerve cells in the large intestine wall do not develop. A lack of nerves controlling the muscles that push food and digestive waste through the large intestine can cause … Read More
  • Published May 28, 2008

    Jon, 1 year-old from Alice, Texas

    Carla, a nurse, noticed bruises all over her son, Jon. Pediatric Oncologist Judith Mullins diagnosed the baby with severe aplastic anemia, a rare disorder that occurs when bone marrow stops making enough blood forming stem cells resulting in low red, white, and platelets blood counts. If left untreated, it can … Read More
  • Published May 28, 2008

    Madilyn, 1 year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas

    During a fetal echocardiogram, Madilyn’s mom found out she had a severe heart defect including holes between her upper and lower chambers. When she was 2-weeks-old, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Mark Morales performed open heart surgery to repair the holes. Although there are additional procedures in her future, she currently enjoys … Read More
  • Published February 6, 2008

    Jayleen, 2 year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas

    Keep on walking! Jayleen was born with Spina Bifida and had to be transferred to DCH where within an hour, pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Burke, performed a surgery to repair her spine. Her recovery took much specialized care but after 2 weeks she was able to go home to spend … Read More
  • Published January 23, 2008

    Rediet, 6-year-old from Laredo, Texas

    Rediet was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a toddler while living in her home country of Ethiopia. She moved to an orphanage after her biological mother passed away. Pediatric endocrinologists Stephen Ponder and Jennifer Amaral recently prepared her adoptive parents to care for her and her condition. Her new … Read More
  • Published November 13, 2007

    Billy, 2 year-old from Freer, Texas

    Billy, “BJ,” was diagnosed with Wilm’s tumor in the summer of 2006 after his father noticed one side of his stomach was harder than the other. BJ underwent surgery to remove the tumor and a kidney, and soon after began receiving weekly outpatient chemotherapy at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. His Pediatric … Read More
  • Published November 13, 2007

    Caleb, 5 year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas

    Working smarter, not harder! Since his birth, Caleb had been a healthy normal child, but at 15 months of age his mom had to take him to see the doctor worried because he started panting like he had asthma. After a few tests and discovering that his sugar was so … Read More
  • Published November 13, 2007

    Clayton, 7 year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas

    Clay was diagnosed with Hunter Syndrome by pediatric geneticist Dr. Raymond Lewandowski. The rare disease occurs when enzymes designed to destroy dead cells in the body are lacking. As a result, those cells cause deadly build-ups around the brain, spleen, liver, and kidneys. After undergoing enzyme replacement therapy for a … Read More
  • Published November 13, 2007

    Eliana, 4 year-old from Odem, Texas

    As a 27 week premature baby, Eliana Hope received her name for being recognized by her family as a miracle child after spending two months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She was diagnosed with Bronchopulmonary Dysphasia and upon arriving at Driscoll, she received care and treatment from pediatric pulmonologist … Read More
  • Published November 13, 2007

    Hector, 6 year-old from Robstown, Texas

    A courageous story of strength! When Hector was 5 years old he fell off the back of a truck and had to be rushed to the closest emergency center due to paralysis in his upper extremities. From there it was determined he had to be flown by helicopter to DCH … Read More
  • Published November 13, 2007

    Ian, 4 year-old from Victoria, Texas

    Small babies with big hearts! When Ian was born he was diagnosed with complex cardiac heart defects which required his air transfer from Victoria to DCH in Corpus Christi. The Driscoll pediatric paramedics transported Ian at only a few days of birth where pediatric cardiovascular surgeons – Dr. Mark Morales … Read More
  • Published November 13, 2007

    Jaime, 2 year-old from Edinburg, Texas

    He’s a fighter! Jaime has been a patient at DCH since he was a newborn. Because of a diagnosis of complex heart defects at birth, pediatric cardiovascular surgeons Dr. Mark Morales and Dr. Mark Bielefeld performed many cardiac surgeries on Jaime. In addition to other complications, Jaime has also had … Read More
  • Published November 13, 2007

    Marissa, 5 year-old from Aransas Pass, Texas

    Marissa is a miracle baby! Heart defects were detected early in the pregnancy of Marissa’s mom but determined to fight for her baby’s life, she made important decisions to follow. At 20 weeks in the pregnancy, her mom started visiting pediatric geneticist Dr. Raymond Lewandowski and pediatric cardiologist Dr. John … Read More