Checkup Newsroom (Features)

2019
June
27,
2019
| 04:54 PM America/Chicago
Ryan Conder warms up his right arm and fires off a pitch. Whether it’s a strike or not, doesn’t matter. The miracle’s already occurred. Ryan, 10 years old, wondered if he would ever get the chance to play the game he loves so much after a rare neu...
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January
08,
2019
| 05:29 PM America/Chicago
Other than the commemorative labels on them, nothing about these two bricks stands out too much. That is until you sit down and spend time with Bobby Moore. Then you will learn that Moore, who is 68 years old, plans to pass on one of those bricks...
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2018
March
05,
2018
| 10:49 PM America/Chicago
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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January
09,
2018
| 11:32 PM America/Chicago
For most of the first 20 years of his life, Michael Jankowiak never played ball or even owned a toy. His debilitating cerebral palsy wadded his fingers into a tight fist. He barely moved his hands, except to drive his electric wheel chair. Then, d...
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2017
September
06,
2017
| 11:10 PM America/Chicago
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
| 04:39 PM America/Chicago
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
| 08:55 PM America/Chicago
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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May
25,
2017
| 04:46 PM America/Chicago
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
02,
2017
| 05:58 PM America/Chicago
Nothing had gone as Jordan and Katie Guidry planned following the birth of their son, Waylon. Before Waylon could receive the heart surgery he so badly needed, his parents learned their surgeon was leaving the area. The Guidrys were suddenly faced...
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April
06,
2017
| 12:03 AM America/Chicago
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
07,
2017
| 05:11 PM America/Chicago
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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2016
December
20,
2016
| 03:51 AM America/Chicago
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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November
16,
2016
| 11:48 PM America/Chicago
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
| 04:55 PM America/Chicago
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
| 11:08 PM America/Chicago
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
| 08:38 PM America/Chicago
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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October
04,
2016
| 11:00 PM America/Chicago
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
| 05:39 PM America/Chicago
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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August
31,
2016
| 11:49 PM America/Chicago
For over two decades, Eric H. Hubli, M.D., has been nationally and internationally recognized for his work as a craniofacial and cleft surgeon. He has written and published extensively and has a career full of milestones that includes his work as a p...
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August
31,
2016
| 09:51 PM America/Chicago
In between medicine in the morning and chemotherapy at night, Adalynn Hawkins laughs and cries. She pesters her sister and giggles with her parents. A family's never been so happy to go through the "Terrible Twos" and watch the joyful life of a toddl...
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June
03,
2016
| 06:17 PM America/Chicago
Joshlynn Wilson fights her disease for one simple, but most incredible, reason – Zoey, her 2-year-old daughter. In August of 2013, Joshlynn was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer, occurring mainly in childhood and adolescenc...
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May
20,
2016
| 05:26 PM America/Chicago
As some of the best pros in the PGA look on, the young golfer eyes a putt. And that’s where any comparisons to what will be happening at the Dean & Deluca Invitational at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth and what’s happening on this golf cours...
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May
02,
2016
| 07:00 AM America/Chicago
Although Karen Black, an arrhythmia clinical assistant, sat in the audience of new-hire orientation, this was not her first introduction to working at Cook Children’s. Black worked at the Cook Children’s Heart Center for nearly 10 years before dec...
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March
30,
2016
| 09:54 PM America/Chicago
Several moments throughout his life, led John Honeycutt, M.D., to becoming the chief neurosurgeon at Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, Texas. But none really shaped the doctor he is like the birth of his children. “People told me everybody wants to w...
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March
03,
2016
| 10:44 PM America/Chicago
After helplessly watching their newborn son Brantlee Sanford poked, prodded and tested constantly over the first week of his life, parents Jake and Tella were desperate for some answers. At last, after long days plagued with uncertainty, they foun...
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February
08,
2016
| 10:05 PM America/Chicago
The news of 15-year old Rylie Whitten’s battle with toxic shock syndrome brought back a flood of emotions from a family that faced their own battle with this rare and frightening condition. KrisDi Ingermann went to Cook Children’s in 2007 close to...
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2015
December
23,
2015
| 08:12 PM America/Chicago
“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:5 As a young married couple, D.L. and Katie Frugé prayed that their family would be “different” in their examples as Christians. But they say they never could have imagined th...
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October
07,
2015
| 10:31 PM America/Chicago
At 11 years old, Isabel "Izzy" Bonilla has spent a lot of days and nights away from home. Her longest stint, more than 356 days, ends today. After a year of needle pokes, hospital rooms and being prodded by doctors and nurses, Izzy is “breaking free”...
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September
24,
2015
| 05:19 PM America/Chicago
As your daughter travels through her teen years, it can sometimes be tempting to act as her friend rather than her mother. After all, who doesn’t remember being judged by the cool kid in school. And now it’s your daughter doing the judging? But...
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September
23,
2015
| 05:13 PM America/Chicago
On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Cook Children's began this year's #erasekidcancer campaign for Children's Awareness Month with a ceremonial 1kwalk.  Fifth grader Luke Lange, who’s in remission for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, stepped up to the podium and lowered the mic...
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