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Pediatrics

November 11, 2019

Rewriting the Script for Parents of Babies With Down Syndrome

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For new parents of babies born with Down syndrome, the educational brochures that were at their disposal made them feel less than hopeful. Mayo Clinic’s Office of Patient Education knew they could do better, so a team set about creating new materials to provide families with a more optimistic outlook.

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Tags: Down syndrome, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, patient education


August 30, 2019

Nathan and His Team of Medical Superheroes Work to Defeat Cancer and a Host of Scary Complications

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Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, 4-year-old Nathan Herber’s health spiraled downward when he was overcome by life-threatening treatment complications. A team of pediatric specialists at Mayo Clinic came to Nathan’s aid. And in the end, they restored the boy’s health while putting his cancer in remission.

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Tags: Child Life Program, Dr. Devon Aganga, Dr. Gregory Schears, Dr. Stephen Gleich, Dr. Vilmarie Rodriguez, Dr. W. Charles Huskins, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Infectious Disease


August 28, 2019

Kindhearted Kid Perseveres Through Multiple Heart Surgeries

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Although 3-year-old Matthew Makela and his family have already been forced to deal with a host of serious medical concerns during the young boy’s life, they navigate it all with grace and gratitude.

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Tags: Congenital heart defects, Dr. Karen Myhre, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Tetralogy of Fallot


August 26, 2019

Advanced Surgery Corrects Rare Birth Defect for Two Brothers

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When a rare disorder was identified in the Doyles’ eldest son, they chose the experts at Mayo Clinic to treat and manage his condition. Two years later, when the same disorder appeared in their second child, they didn’t think twice about where to take him for care.

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Tags: craniosynostosis, Dr. Edward Ahn, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Neurosurgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


March 4, 2019

Cochlear Implants Open a New World for Aida

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When Melinda and Matt Little found out their baby girl, Aida, was deaf, they wanted to do everything they could to enable her to hear. A multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic helped them achieve that goal.

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Tags: Audiology team, cochlear implant, Dr. Lisa Schimmenti, Dr. Matthew Carlson, Hearing Loss, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Waardenburg syndrome


December 3, 2018

Hanna’s Lifesaving Liver Transplant

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When a local hospital was reluctant to list their daughter for the liver transplant she needed, Melinda Kohlmyer and her husband brought young Hanna to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There, Hanna got a second chance at life.

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Tags: Dr. Charles Rosen, Dr. Katryn Furuya, Liver Transplant Program, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Pediatric hepatology


September 20, 2018

Toddler’s Personalized Care Sparks Enormous Strides

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Affected by a rare neuromuscular condition, Katie Emerson was beset by extreme muscle weakness that affected her ability to eat, speak and move. Then her mother learned about a Mayo Clinic physician whose pioneering research into Katie’s condition gave the child a chance at normalcy.

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Tags: Child and Adolescent Neurology, Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome, Dr. Andrew Engel, Dr. Duygu Selcen


August 29, 2018

Feasting Fear-Free

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For Knox Rhinehart, who had been plagued by chronic vomiting for years, eating was a torment to be avoided — until he met a Mayo Clinic specialist who understood that treating Knox meant treating his fear.

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Tags: Dr. Imad Absah, Eosinophilic esophagitis, Mayo Clinic Specialty Pharmacy, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology


July 26, 2018

Surviving and Thriving Against All Odds

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Time and again, 5-year-old Aaliya Lopez has pulled through life-threatening medical crises, and thanks to ongoing medical support, the future she faces now is as wide open as her smile.

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Tags: Dr. David Daniels, Dr. Shelagh Cofer, Head and neck surgery, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Neurology and Neurosurgery, otorhinolaryngology, Pediatric Cardiology, Tetralogy of Fallot


April 20, 2018

Going All Out to Ease a Young Patient’s Surgical Fears

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After 5-year-old Lauren Hoel underwent her third open-heart surgery in five years, she was, understandably, a little frightened of her postoperative care and recovery. Her care team at Mayo Clinic knew just what to do.

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Tags: atrial septal defect, cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Allison Cabalka, Dr. Karen Myhre, Dr. Sameh Said, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Pediatric Cardiology, Transposition of the great arteries, Ventricular Septal Defect


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