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November 13, 2018 | Shalonda Alexander, mother of patient
Alana's story | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Shalonda Alexander

I will never forget the day I heard the words, “tuberous sclerosis complex.” I felt like it was the end of the world, but it was really just the beginning of a new kind of adventure for our family.

We were three months into trying to figure out what was “wrong” with our precious baby girl, Alana. She started having seizures in January 2014, and they were undoubtedly from an unknown cause.

I called Texas Children’s Hospital after a recommendation from a coworker who brings his daughter to the Blue Bird Circle Clinic at...

November 09, 2018 | Kelsie B. Morrison, OD, Radha Ram, MD
Who is taking care of my child's eyes? | Texas Children's Hospital

When it comes to eye care, titles can be confusing as you try to understand your providers.

While both optometrists and ophthalmologists are commonly referred to as “eye doctors,” both sets of professionals have different expertise and often work together to ensure your child’s eye care needs are met.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) who leads the eye care team and treats eye conditions and diseases both medically and...

November 07, 2018 | Drusilla M. Rosales, MS, RD, LD, CLEC, Amy B. Acosta, PhD
Don't fall for these 8 myths on eating disorders | Texas Children's Hospital

While some societal stigmas and perceived taboos surrounding mental health still exist, it’s encouraging to see how quickly awareness is growing in our culture. One particular topic we're discussing more openly is eating disorders and their impact on adolescents and teenagers, so terms like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder are becoming broadly familiar.

The good news is we’re talking more about eating disorders, and we’re...

November 06, 2018 | Rachel M. Cunningham, MPH
McKenna's story | Texas Children's Hospital
Image courtesy of Paul Kuntz

This is McKenna and her mother, Paula. McKenna, an asthmatic since the age of 5, is a 16-year-old high school student who nearly died last year from influenza. McKenna and Paula always knew asthma would put McKenna at higher risk for complications from the flu, but she never became seriously ill. This all changed last year. 

Within a few days of developing flu-like symptoms, McKenna’s breathing became much more labored as her symptoms worsened. Paula rushed McKenna to Texas Children’s Hospital, where she was quickly admitted. McKenna’s medical team was unable to get her...

November 02, 2018 | Roger Dunaway, father of patient
Charlie's story | Texas Children's Hospital
Images courtesy of Allen Kramer, Roger Dunaway

Charles “Charlie” Christopher Dunaway was born at 3:43 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2017, at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center in New Orleans. He weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 18.3 inches long. He is named in honor of my wife’s father, Charles “Chiggy” Rhodes, who passed away before her birth in 1976.

Charlie was diagnosed with a pair of congenital heart defects in-utero, including a rare defect called truncus arteriosus and a ventricular septal defect. The first occurs when the two large arteries leaving the heart (the aorta and pulmonary arteries) are combined...

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