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May 10, 2018 | Corley Fichera, CPNP
Children's Mental Health | Texas Children's Hospital

If you’re a parent, caregiver or individual impacting the life of a child, your ultimate goal is their highest attainment of happiness and success. We strive to monitor their physical health, encourage high academic performance and serve as a guide for their behavior, which all rolls into their evolution into a well-rounded adult. If these are the goals for our children, data from the past decade indicates that we’re actually a piece of a much larger puzzle. Research leads us to understand how stable mental health is a critical...

May 09, 2018 | Matthew Webb, MD, Bindi J. Naik-Mathuria, MD, MPH
Storing Firearms | Texas Children's Hospital

There’s a 4-year-old who found a gun at home and accidentally shot himself in the head, leading to his death. There’s also a 2-year-old who while sitting in her car seat was shot through the pelvis by her 4-year-old brother who found a loaded gun in the backseat. These are just a few examples of the devastating and completely preventable cases of child trauma we see at Texas Children’s that are a direct consequence of poor gun storage.

Children are often the victims of unintentional injuries from loaded firearms within their...

May 08, 2018 | Lauren Bednarz, patient
Adult CHD Program | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Lauren Bednarz

Sometimes, when I’m looking at myself in the mirror, I glance down at my chest to admire the eight beautiful, faded scars on it. They have been a part of me since I was 6 months old, but I usually forget they’re even there. When I do stop to look at them, though, I’m reminded just how grateful I am to be alive. Each day I’m granted is truly a blessing!

I might seem like an average 30-year-old woman, as I live a pretty ordinary life. I’m a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a homemaker and an introvert, but I’m also a congenital heart defect (CHD) patient. I know my life...

May 07, 2018 | Mary Jo Andre, senior vice president, chief nursing officer
Nursing | Texas Children's Hospital

I’m so excited to kick off celebrations for National Nurses Week, which started on May 6 and will end on May 12 – the birthday of Florence Nightingale, commonly known as the founder of modern nursing. This is a week-long, international observance set to raise awareness on the value of nursing and emphasize the key role it plays in meeting our universal health care needs. To help provide our profession with guidance and ideas to celebrate this week, the American Nurses Association selects a theme every year. This...

May 04, 2018 | Leslie Gray, mother of patient
Gabi's story | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Leslie Gray

In the fall of 2015, Gabi was an active seventh grader – playing school volleyball, tackling club soccer and taking piano lessons on the side. When she started her athletic training program that June, she was suddenly plagued by intermittent pain and discomfort in her side. We thought the pain would subside with a few weeks of rest, but Gabi became ill and had difficulty breathing by November.

We eventually found ourselves at Texas Children’s, where a pulmonologist discovered fluid in Gabi’s lungs and advised us to rush to the emergency center to drain the fluid and seek the root cause...