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  • 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
  • Published November 13, 2007

    Micah and Aiden, 11 month-olds from Corpus Christi, Texas

    Double trouble! These gorgeous twins arrived at DCH in an ambulance, transported by a team of pediatric paramedics. Micah and Aiden were born premature at 26 weeks of gestation, and needed a lot of specialized care. The Neonatologists and pediatric nursing staff at DCH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were in … Read More
  • Published November 13, 2007

    Osbaldo, 1 year-old from Harlingen, Texas

    Big Smiles, Bright Spirit! Osbaldo “Ozzie” was born with cleft lip and palate. As a newborn, pediatric orthodontist Dr. Deji Fashemo, worked with Ozzie doing a procedure called Naso-Alveolar Molding Therapy which helps bring the cleft segments closer together by wearing a specialized appliance in his mouth. The process involves … Read More
  • Published November 13, 2007

    Valerie, 2 year-old from Laredo, Texas

    Following birth, Valerie and her family rushed to Driscoll Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit after being diagnosed with renal failure and Vater Syndrome. She required personal and immediate attention from her physicians, pediatric nephrologists Dr. William Allen, Dr. Samhar Al-Akash, and pediatric surgeon Dr. Stephen Almond. With the overwhelming … Read More