Checkup Newsroom (People)
2017
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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March
14,
2017
Life is made up of lots of small moments (like when a kangaroo comes to visit). Working at Cook Children's as a child life specialist I get a front row seat to some of the biggest moments in the lives of many children. As a child life specialist m...
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March
13,
2017
You may be surprised to see a child life specialist in one of the rooms at Cook Children’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After all, this is an area devoted to babies. But spend some time in one of those rooms and you will see a big part of t...
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March
07,
2017
Nick Albus moves fast. After all, not even two heart surgeries can slow down the Kansas State, and Arlington Martin grad, sprinter down. Albus, 20 years old and a sophomore, underwent his first surgery at Cook Children’s when he was only 3 days...
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March
02,
2017
Cook Children's 3D aPPROaCH Lab The new three-dimensional lab for the planning and printing of congenital heart disease (3D aPPROaCH Lab) uses advanced technology to support pre-surgical planning and family education for patients with complex hear...
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2016
December
27,
2016
Kyle Gracin Lewis died at Cook Children’s Medical Center in the summer of 2010, from the Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM), the brain infection caused by the water-born amoeba, known as Naegleria fowleri. Now Cook Children’s is the first, ...
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December
20,
2016
The visits from Santa Claus and a gift of a teddy bear served as reminders of Christmas. But it wasn’t until they walked out of Cook Children’s with their healthy baby in tow that it hit the Gutierrez family that they had spent the holiday in the con...
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December
15,
2016
If you watched Big Brother 18, you know how much Corey Brooks loves Christmas. His house was decked. “By far the coolest one on the block” with icicles hanging from the shingles, an 8-foot Santa, peppermint bark, tacky Christmas sweaters and cooki...
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November
16,
2016
For one year in college, Warren Marks, M.D., took a year off from science and medicine to pursue another passion of his – architecture. Today, Dr. Marks looks back at that time as “an interesting diversion,” but it really helps explain who the man...
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November
16,
2016
By Victoria Shelton As Shea Ingram makes her rounds up and down the halls of Cook Children’s Medical Center, she pulls behind her a red wagon filled with musical instruments, from guitars and ukuleles to pianos and drums. Ingram is one of two boar...
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November
14,
2016
He’s the host of DFW’s longest running morning show on the FM dial, but one day remains like no other for Mark “Hawkeye” Louis. Since 2014, New Country 96.3 KSCS broadcasts live from Cook Children’s, commercial-free for an entire day, asking loyal...
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November
14,
2016
For nearly 30 years, Vernon Lee has lived to serve others. Lee has been a catering aid for Cook Children’s  and is known as much for being the consummate pro as he is for his caring, compassionate nature for his customers, coworkers and patients. ...
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November
10,
2016
Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas came together today to get in on the viral video sensation known as the Mannequin Challenge. Nearly every part of the children's hospital is represented in some way, including child life specialists...
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October
04,
2016
Watch how a prosthesis is made on Facebook Live at 12:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Oct. 5 on Cook Children's Facebook page.  ...
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September
30,
2016
Matthew Grogan’s first day of kindergarten started out like any other child’s. He had a brand new back pack, all the supplies on the list, and was excited to meet his teacher and make new friends! He smiled proudly for his first day of school picture...
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