Checkup Newsroom (NICU)

2018
December
07,
2018
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union recently spoke about their difficult journey to becoming parents of their daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple revealed they had nine miscarriages before choosing surroga...
Read more
May
01,
2018
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...
Read more
March
08,
2018
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...
Read more
Tags
February
02,
2018
Ashleigh Wilford can’t help herself. She bursts into tears every 15 minutes or so. She’s not crying tears of sadness. She’s crying tears of joy and an overabundance of the memories how far her little boy has come since her son's heart surgery two yea...
Read more
2017
December
28,
2017
Carol and Emmanuel Vallecalle welcomed their first daughter into the world in late October, beaming with excitement. Everything seemed so perfect, they couldn’t imagine a single thing could go wrong. Their 7-year-old son looked forward to becoming a ...
Read more
December
28,
2017
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in late August of 2017. The Category 4 storm caused damage and devastation along the Gulf Coast. Through all the catastrophic flooding and tragedy in southeast Texas, we found some amazing stories of courage and kindness. W...
Read more
Tags
December
22,
2017
FOX 4 - Some of the tiniest patients at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth got a special Christmas visitor Friday morning. Santa Claus made time in his busy schedule to say hello and perhaps listen to some whispered wishes. See the fu...
Read more
Tags
December
22,
2017
WFAA - During the holiday season, Cook Children's Medical Center takes decorating to new heights, from twinkling lights and festive ornaments to a magnificent tree. They make it so special, knowing that for many families, there is where they'll spend...
Read more
Tags
October
06,
2017
When Stella Amechi found out she was pregnant with her third child, she was over the moon with excitement. She was already the mother to two young girls, and soon, her first son would be arriving. Never in a million years did she dream that he wou...
Read more
Tags
August
31,
2017
Boston Herald - Urgent preparations for Hurricane Harvey’s wrath touched some of Texas’ tiniest residents yesterday, when 10 neonatal intensive care patients at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi were airlifted 350 miles away from the cat...
Read more
Tags
August
31,
2017
New York Magazine - Around lunchtime on Thursday, the team at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth got the call they’d been preparing for ever since Hurricane Harvey’s massive scale had been announced. A hospital in Corpus Christi needed their help...
Read more
Tags
August
31,
2017
KERA - Nereyda Rangel sang to her newborn daughter at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi. The building sits only a few blocks from Corpus Christi Bay, which spills into the Texas Gulf Coast. As Hurricane Harvey brewed in the Gulf, Shaddai...
Read more
Tags
August
29,
2017
Lily Faith has returned to Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi. She was transported back to Driscoll on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, and her parents are so happy to have their little girl back home with them. ...
Read more
Tags
August
25,
2017
Critically ill babies arrived at Cook Children’s Level IV NICU on Aug. 24, 2017, after being transported throughout the evening and early morning as a result of Hurricane Harvey. All 10 babies arrived from the NICU at Driscoll Children’s Hospital ...
Read more
Tags
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. ...
Read more
Tags
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." ...
Read more
Tags
May
05,
2017
CBS 11 - A sweet sibling moment was recently caught on-camera at Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth. The video shows 2-year-old Nora running toward a glass wall separating the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from the lobby. On the other si...
Read more
Tags
April
17,
2017
D Healthcare - Cook Children’s Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit is the first named NICU in North Texas to receive a Level IV designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The recognition came as the result of House Bill 15 ...
Read more
Tags
April
10,
2017
The tables are set and a three-course meal is ready to be served. Six couples find their names on place cards and seat themselves in front of carefully arranged china and flatware. Soon, they’ll be watching Sleepless in Seattle while waiters serve pe...
Read more
Tags
April
10,
2017
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cook Children’s Medical Center is the first NICU in North Texas to be recognized as a Level IV center, meaning it can provide the highest level of neonatal care to critically-ill infants. The designation was...
Read more
Tags
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...
Read more
Tags
2016
November
22,
2016
Just in time for the holidays a reader wrote in with this question: “My friend...was told by her grandson’s pediatrician that her grandchildren who are vaccinated should never be around any unvaccinated children. Well, the parents of her other...
Read more
Tags
August
31,
2016
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...
Read more
Tags
June
08,
2016
“Life is all about how you handle Plan B” My mom gave me a ceramic plaque with this quote on it several years ago when I was going through a tough time. Over the years, it’s amazing how many times this quote has rung true. Plan B has meant … A div...
Read more
Tags
2015
December
23,
2015
“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...
Read more
Tags
November
03,
2015
It seems fitting that on the one year anniversary of “Avery Independence Day,” we provide an update on how she’s doing. We’ll start with her lungs. Our pulmonologist has us taking her off oxygen while we’re at home and just seeing how long she can...
Read more
Tags
October
14,
2015
Since the birth of her child, actress Hayden Panettiere has been open about her battle with postpartum depression, including checking into a treatment center for help. “There’s a lot of misunderstanding,” she said last month on “Live! With Kelly a...
Read more
Tags
August
12,
2015
Do you know the name Jessica Anne Colletti, yet? If you don’t know her name, you more than likely have seen her photo because she has blown up the Internet with a photo of her breastfeeding her own son and the son of a friend. For some it’s a b...
Read more
Tags
March
20,
2015
How is it possible that Avery is 1? In some ways, it seems like she was just born and in others, it feels like she’s lived such a big life, she should already be a teenager! We’ve been through so much already in her young life and many of you read...
Read more
Tags
2014
December
25,
2014
Crystal Schober  blogs for us today, telling us the remarkable story of Graysen, her little boy. She has a lot to celebrate this holiday season as her little boy turns 10 years old. ...
Read more
Tags