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2018
August
10,
2018
By Katie Lawrence, CPNP & Kaci Osenga, M.D. Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) has been a board certified subspecialty in pediatrics sponsored by the American Board of Pediatrics since 2008. PPC has been a specialty service at Cook Children’s Medical...
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July
30,
2018
Each year, Cook Children's sees about 100 children for injuries related to ATVs.  As a pediatric surgeon and medical director of Trauma at Cook Children's, Chad Hamner, M.D., has witnessed the damage these machines can cause. He spoke with CBS 11 abo...
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July
17,
2018
When I was approached to write articles about “Work -Life Balance” I couldn’t help but chuckle a little under my breath. Balance? What’s that? As a busy full-time pediatrician, wife to an even busier attorney, and mother of two small kids, “balanc...
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July
17,
2018
“Oh, I can’t do that. I don’t have enough experience.” I remember uttering these words to my nurse manager after she encouraged me to pursue an open position as a clinical nurse educator. This came after I requested a meeting with her during a tim...
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July
10,
2018
Aug. 29th marks the “angelversary” of the passing 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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June
28,
2018
About one minute outside was all it took for 1-year-old Harrison Bakke to be bitten by a baby rattlesnake. It happened just three feet from the door of his home in Abilene, Texas on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. He’s currently being treated at Cook Chi...
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June
25,
2018
Cystic Fibrosis had wreaked havoc on Madison Ramsey’s body since she was born. While she had been in and out of the hospital more times than anyone could count, the vibrant, creative and joyful teen had a way of making the best out of her situation. ...
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June
21,
2018
Fox 4 - An Amarillo toddler heard sound for the first time on Tuesday thanks to a special implant.     ...
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May
25,
2018
Children's Hospital Association - Cook Children's launched a campaign last year called Lifeguard Your Child, its third drowning-prevention campaign in as many years. It all started in June 2015, when 28 children were admitted to the hospital for near...
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May
24,
2018
Parents expect their toddler to be a little moody sometimes. So Autumn and Darrell Thomas didn't think much about their daughter Kynlee's irritable and lethargic behavior. But when they realized she wasn't using her left arm, they became alarmed. ...
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May
11,
2018
Motherhood is more than I thought it would be – the good and the bad. More laughter at his smile and more tears with his failures. More sleepless nights and worries from infancy to adolescence than I expected. More pride at his accomplishments ...
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May
02,
2018
WFAA - Emergency physician Dan Guzman, M.D. launches 'Aim for Safety' program to show the importance of gun locks and safes. Link to story here.     ...
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April
24,
2018
The Peter Pan Birthday Club of Cook Children's is open to all kids ages 12 and under and is designed to foster and encourage philanthropy in children. Click here to learn more.  ...
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April
20,
2018
One of the greatest joys in life is becoming a parent. Babies bring vibrant life and wonder to the world around us and instantly reveal a much deeper capacity for love than we thought possible. Yet no matter how great our effort to help them grow and...
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April
10,
2018
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 11 and 12 years old, were diagnosed with SCD with...
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April
09,
2018
More than 40 years later, the memory of an early morning phone call still makes William (Bill) Scroggie, M.D., tear up. It was 1972, and on the other end of the line was a nurse. She connected Dr. Scroggie with surgeon Dick Ellis, M.D. The news ab...
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March
20,
2018
WFAA - For some families who are about to lose a child, Cook Children's has the ability to record the child's heartbeat and turn it into a song the family will have forever.  Watch the story on WFAA by clicking here.      ...
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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...
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March
07,
2018
About five years ago, I was at work, walking down a long hallway wearing a pink feather boa, oversized yellow sunglasses, carrying a marshmallow launcher. A staff member I didn’t personally know was walking toward me, squinting his eyes. When we w...
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March
05,
2018
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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February
23,
2018
The last thing Jeff Murray, M.D., wants to do is be interviewed for this story. It’s not about being rude or even shy, it’s just he wants to make darn sure the love is spread around for the people that make up the Neuro-Oncology Program at Cook Ch...
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February
05,
2018
Lynn Jankowiak wonders where her son Michael would be without the benefits provided by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Michael, who is 24 now, stopped moving his extremities at the age of 18 months and was diagnosed with a debilita...
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February
05,
2018
What would you do to save your child? Would you travel across the world? Would you leave your family behind? Sell everything you own? Give the shirt off your back? Diego and Tatiana Alvarez did all those things to help their son Mirko in his battl...
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February
05,
2018
Chris and Heidi World Slaydon know firsthand the dangers of swallowing a laundry detergent pod. They watched their little boy Blaze, who was 18 months old at the time, spend 10 days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cook Children’s after ingest...
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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...
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January
22,
2018
Watch Dan Guzman, M.D., taking care of a patient in the Emergency Department at Cook Children’s and he’s the model of cool under pressure. It’s his environment and he’s in control. But when his daughter was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to...
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January
21,
2018
A jet explodes into flames. Dastardly villains capture a Cook Children’s oncologist, take her away and tie her up at a nearby helicopter. All hope seems lost, until an urgent call is placed to a grade school in Grand Prairie, Texas on an otherwise...
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January
12,
2018
With three boys in a house, ranging from 7 years old to 6 months, the Slaydons knew about the importance of child-proofing their home. After all, they’d already seen one rough and tumble boy try to wreck the house and put everything in his mouth, ...
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January
09,
2018
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
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 ...
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