Checkup Newsroom (People)

2017
November
10,
2017
Christine Oehlert isn’t exactly the kind of person you might imagine holding one of the highest-ranking positions in the military. She’s a self-described caretaker, wife and mother of two. She’s not gruff and you won’t hear her spouting off war stori...
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November
01,
2017
Cook Children’s patients, families and staff came together on Wednesday, Nov. 1, to kick off Epilepsy Awareness Month on the lawn in front of the medical center. But it was one of the people who could not be at the event that was the cause for cel...
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October
23,
2017
Richard Roberts, M.D., a Cook Children's neurosurgeon, didn't always know that he wanted to go into medicine. In fact, he majored in philosophy and worked as a mechanic, a contractor and a roofer before finding his true calling as a brain surgeon. Si...
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October
16,
2017
Captain America runs to the young boy in trouble. Our hero hands the boy his shield. He boy smiles and then Captain America jumps in his jet and flies the boy to safety. “And then he had the audacity to tell me his favorite superhero was Superman!...
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October
13,
2017
Eight months of heartbreak and fear for her grandbaby’s life ended with the smiles she saw on the doctors’ faces. Lori Lopez hoped to hear that her grandson, Mathew Westerman, was doing better and made some progress in his treatment for blood clot...
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October
11,
2017
Yesenia Cuevas and her mom, Dora, spend a lot of time together at Cook Children’s. They’re often shuffling between rooms in the Hematology/Oncology clinic for rounds of treatment for Yesenia’s Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood a...
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October
11,
2017
Seven-year-old Kallvin Mendoza is well known on the Hematology/Oncology floor at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Despite being diagnosed last November with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), he often has a smile on his face that brightens the day of...
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October
10,
2017
A princess, a super hero and a courageous little fighter – Bel is known to many at Cook Children's as all of these things and more. Since birth, she’s been in and out of the hospital for medley of medical conditions. First, Bel's parents were told sh...
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October
10,
2017
Adam Keller poses for the camera during an appointment at the Hematology/Oncology clinic at Cook Children's. Scars and a central line port are evidence of the fight he's been embarked on for the past year. He was just days away from his second bir...
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October
06,
2017
We mustache you a question. Do you think developing your child's sense of humor is important? It is. Lettuce explain. We've all been told laughter is the best medicine, but have we really considered the social, emotional and health benefits ...
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October
06,
2017
Why did the cookie go to the doctor? He felt a little crummy. Why is diarrhea inherited? It runs in the jeans. When it comes to jokes, Eric Hopkins’, M.D., has got a million of ‘em. As his patients in his Grapevine office can tell you. He is al...
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September
27,
2017
By Ashley Parrott Life as a parent with a child who has Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is already frightening enough, but could you imagine this diagnosis with two of your kids? Mykhia and Malik, now 10 and 11 years old, were diagnosed with SCD with...
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September
26,
2017
At first glance, brothers Garrett and TJ Little don’t share a whole lot in common. First, there’s a seven-year age difference. Then, Garrett is married and an operations manager for a company in Las Colinas, while TJ is a single, free spirt and an...
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September
26,
2017
By Ashley Parrott The Hematology/Oncology (H/O) floor at Cook Children’s is its own world. Bright green walls lead the way among the hustle and bustle of the daily routines of patients, families and doctors. But behind the miracles happening on th...
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September
20,
2017
She holds in her hands the autopsy report of her 19-year-old son, a young man with dreams to “do something big in this world.” Tracy Jensen often thinks about her son, Ethan. He was someone with an amazing aptitude for learning. “He was a boy who ...
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September
06,
2017
Candace Wilson saw plenty of tough situations as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cook Children’s, but nothing compared to the havoc she witnessed while trying to evacuate a nursing home from the rising flood waters of Hurricane Harvey...
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August
08,
2017
I'm gonna get a little personal with this one. And while I typically write about pediatric health issues on this page, I'm going to broaden things to include adult health too right now. Did you know you could literally save someone's life by sw...
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July
28,
2017
From Mandy White, supervisor of regulatory affairs in the research administration office at Cook Children's: "This is my third month here at Cook Children’s. My husband is a veterinarian and we are both very involved with Children’s Advocacy of Jo...
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July
19,
2017
“I absolutely hated my life. I wanted to die. I wanted God to take all the pain away. I prayed to God to let me die.” How had it come to this for Madisyn Metaxas? ...
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July
19,
2017
By Ashley Parrott Miami Robertson was a 14-year-old high school athlete with debilitating asthma, or so she thought. It wasn’t until her friend noticed Miami’s breathing problems and a sunken chest that she was diagnosed with pectus excavatum. ...
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July
19,
2017
At a time when she needed inspiration the most, Brec Bassinger looked to Nick Jonas. Now at 18 years old, she hopes to be an example for children with Type 1 diabetes. Brec was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 8 years old. Shortly after her diagn...
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June
28,
2017
In April 2014, Kelly Wooley, a Cook Children's employee, began documenting the birth of her daughter and the journey that followed. This is the beginning of Avery's Journey. See the links below for all of the articles that followed. ...
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June
16,
2017
Frank McGehee, M.D., may surprise you when it comes to his parenting tips as a father of four biological children and two step kids – he puts all of the children second. Dr. McGehee, seen here with his daughter Brigid, became a stepfather of two y...
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June
15,
2017
Aug. 29, 2010, marks the “angelversary” of the death of then 7-year-old Kyle Gracin Lewis. Kyle spent the week being the outdoorsy little boy he was – swimming, fishing, boating and camping in Lake Granbury and the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas....
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May
25,
2017
Forget that Nathaniel Adams has a rare genetic diagnosis called Opitz G/BBB syndrome. That’s not who he is. His mom, Crystal, will be the first to tell you her little boy is just "a really cool kid." ...
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May
03,
2017
For eight days after her son was born, all Whitney Coben could do was look at her fragile little boy. Brayden was born premature at 27 weeks, weighed less than 3 pounds and couldn’t breathe on his own. Right after birth, he was immediately taken t...
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May
01,
2017
Erin Froehner listened as doctors gave her 3-day-old daughter a death sentence. After being diagnosed with a rare disorder known as Trisomy 18 syndrome, doctors told Froehner her baby, Addy, might make it a few weeks or a month at the most. She fo...
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April
19,
2017
By Victoria Shelton Cook Children’s has brought in visiting dogs for decades as a way to help patients and their families cope with their situations, but it was one of the first hospitals nationwide to realize the value in having dogs as badge-yie...
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April
06,
2017
By Daron Aldridge When you think of a Cook Children’s patient, it’s just natural to think of a tiny baby girl who’s only lived in our NICU or a first grader in the Child Life Zone playing with Ralph just like his own dog at home. It’s especially t...
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March
28,
2017
Kelly Wooley is a Cook Children's employee who has written a series of blogs chronicling the birth of her daughter Avery and their time spent in the Cook Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and beyond. Today, Kelly writes about her own journey an...
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