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August 01, 2017 | Melody Stephens, Project ADAM coordinator

On May 6, 2012, our world was shattered, when Cody, our 18-year-old son, fell asleep in our recliner—and never woke up. My youngest, with an athletic scholarship to play college football (#76 in the photo above), had a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and died. It was beyond my comprehension how my happy, healthy son could just lay down and die. He passed a physical every year from 7th through 12th grade, and we had no known family history of heart disease. Through this, I learned SCA is a leading cause of death among young athletes and annual physicals that are supposed to identify potential risks are actually of little use. Cody’s autopsy...

July 31, 2017 | Samira Armin, MD, FAAP

Contrary to popular belief, doctors get sick too. And in case you hadn't heard, we are terrible patients. It's true. Four years ago, while very pregnant with my second child, I slipped getting out of my SUV and sustained a rather terrible ankle fracture. The type of fracture is called an "open trimalleolar fracture” and the sight of my mangled ankle bothered me enough to where I felt I had to put it back into place, right there on the spot. Did I mention I'm a pediatrician and not an orthopedic surgeon? 

The next few days were pretty traumatic, as I underwent an invasive and extensive surgery to reattach my ankle. My baby also didn't...

July 28, 2017 | Dr. Amy Acosta, PhD, psychologist in adolescent medicine and Dr. Krista Caldwell, PhD, psychology fellow in adolescent medicineAmy B. Acosta, PhD

Picture this: Your teenage daughter says her day was “depressing.” Your son tells you he feels “so depressed” after failing a test. Talking in this way has become common, and our ideas about depression may originate from the many things we have heard in our culture or through our personal experiences. Your child may be simply describing normal, everyday mood swings; your child may be reacting to a hard challenge; or your child may be experiencing depression. Sometimes it is hard to know. While ups and downs are typical in adolescence, it can be difficult for parents to differentiate these concerns from something more significant, such as a...

July 27, 2017 | Krishna Patel, patient

When I was born, I was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called transposition of the great arteries. I had open-heart surgery two weeks after birth and went home after only one full week. Though my parents always tell the story of how I went into cardiac arrest and Texas Children’s Kangaroo Crew came to pick me up, I was too young to remember those details. However, I DO remember my visits at Texas Children’s Hospital for my yearly heart checkups.  

The day of my checkup, my parents take a day off from work. You see, my checkups aren’t just checkups, we make them into an event. We wake up early in the morning to get there on...

July 25, 2017 | Stephanie Smith, mother of patient

You know better. You know things aren’t as simple as they look in the pictures, but you can’t help yourself. You see friends, family, strangers even, with their cute little families eating pizza on the couch taking a selfie. You can’t help yourself from getting excited. You scroll to see another couple with their sweet, sleeping newborn sitting on the deck somewhere relaxing over some appetizers.

As your own child grows inside you, you can’t help but create images of the moments you and your family will have together. The park. The zoo. The pool. Target. Road trips. Ball games. Standing in line for a hysterical picture with Santa. ...

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