Tough As Nails
For two and a half years, Madi Smith fought the effects of leukemia and the treatment. Duke Children's never left her family's side.
Celebrating a Champion
Duke Children's pediatric oncologists quickly diagnose and treat 10-year old Micole's osteosarcoma (bone cancer).
This Was My Cancer
After six months of intensive chemotherapy, long days at Duke's Jim Valvano Day Hospital, and some difficult and uncertain times, Angelika's cancer is in remission.
Relentless Pursuit for a Healthy Heart
Gavin was only seven weeks old when he was referred to Duke Children's and within days was undergoing heart surgery.
It is awesome that 14-year-old Duke Children's patient, Matthew, played in the 2007 Duke Children's Classic Celebrity golf tournament, but it is even more amazing knowing that Matthew is blind.
DJ McLean's Angel Team
Craniosynostosis is a rare condition, and optimal treatment requires highly complex surgery. Duke Children's is home to one of the nation's few dedicated pediatric craniofacial surgery teams.
A Miraculous Dance
Hannah's arthritis started with a single joint and spread throughout her body. By age one, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), and her parents silently braced themselves for the unthinkable.
Against All Odds
Jolyne was not expecting to go into labor on a late June day, but she did. Baby Elizabeth was born six and a half weeks premature, and she was not breathing.
Hope for Kyra
At 18 months old most toddlers are exploring a big and exciting world that offers something new every day. At 18 months old Kyra was beginning a battle with lymphoma.
Kate Pollard has no intention of letting Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) stop her in her tracks. In fact, she's planning to make some tracks as a young entrepreneur.
Melanie Bryant knew that her daughter--her first child--would have to be born early. A routine ultrasound revealed that her placenta was not functioning due to a condition called two-vessel umbilical cord.
No Time to Spare
“We learned over the phone that Taylor had a brain tumor,” recalls Paula. “The neurologist felt there was no time for a face-to-face meeting with him.” Taylor had immense swelling in her brain and was sent immediately to Dr. Herbert Fuchs, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center.
Benjamin stands proud and full of life with a gleaming smile. If not for the sparse patches of hair growing back, you might not know this loving, playful three-year-old is battling cancer.
Time to Play
No one expects to take a 10-month-old with sniffles to the pediatrician and come back with a diagnosis of cancer. But that is what happened for young Zach in early 2008.
Hope on the Horizon
A two-year-old with three brothers complains of a sore leg--not so uncommon. A diagnosis of neuroblastoma, however, shakes a family to its core.
Itching for an Answer
Itching, scratching, bleeding, crying, unsure of what was safe to eat, wear, or be near. This was the life of Winter and Grant before they found hope and answers at Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center.
A Smile Worth A Thousand Memories
Like many active seven-year-old children, Meg loved drawing, sports, fashion, dancing and spending time with family and friends. Then unexpected changes happened in early 2010.
Anna's Angels Take Flight
Following the birth of their second child in June 2001, Andrew Merrills and Michelle Pfeiffer learned their daughter had Down syndrome. Testing at birth also revealed that baby Anna had irregular white blood cells, an indicator that she ran a higher risk to develop acute myeloid leukemia (AML). When Anna was just over one year old, her platelets began to drop and her numbers were changing.
Giving Comes Full Circle
Olivia Andretti was 14 years old when she began having headaches. But as an ambitious student with extra-curricular activities and a busy social life, headaches seemed like a predictable development. She tried not to let them slow her down.
An Unwavering Smile and a Fearless Heart
Josh is a smart, witty young man who is as fearless as they come. In April 2010, a few days after his first t-ball game, Josh began experiencing high fevers, migraines and pain. Josh was admitted to Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center where he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Like so many patients at Duke Children’s, Josh is a shining example of the power of a positive attitude and strength in adversity.
When Malinda lost her father to a heart attack six years ago, she knew it was time to step up and make a change. It started with an appointment at Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles, a year-long intervention program for children with a high body mass index.
A Special Girl, Inside and Out
Bouncing around, McKenzie is a ball of energy with a sweet smile. As a child who hardly slows down, McKenzie’s health took an unexpected turn when she experienced an unbreakable fever of 105.1. During a weeklong stay at a local hospital, the doctors discovered that McKenzie had a Horseshoe kidney and a major infection and obstruction in the left side of her body.
A Second Chance at Life
From birth, Katie experienced developmental delays. Her verbal communication and motor skills were not developing as quickly as her older brother’s had, but they were not a serious concern until Katie had her first seizure at 18 months old.
From Gift of Life to Living Life
At her graduation ceremony in May 2013, Courtney Montgomery joked that she was the class clown, valedictorian, and class president, all in one. That day, Courtney became the first high school student to graduate from Duke Children’s Hospital School. Although she was a graduating class of one, the warmth, love and pride that filled the hospital auditorium exemplified the importance of this milestone for Courtney.
Michael's Battle with RSV
Michael Pierce was just a toddler when he made medical history. Michael came down with a cold the day after celebrating his first birthday in January 2013, but his parents soon learned that his stuffy nose was actually a Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection, which causes infection of the lungs and breathing passages.
Haley Hayes was born with all the signs of being a healthy baby. But after a few weeks, she began having stomach problems, and changes in her diet did not seem to help. When her doctors noticed that she had only minimal weight gain after six months, Haley was admitted to a local hospital in Virginia for “failure to thrive.” That was just the beginning.
A Heart for Samantha
Samantha was a straight-A student in fourth grade and loved to play soccer. One day, she couldn’t catch her breath while playing basketball at school. Initially her parents thought she had a cold, but she began feeling progressively worse. Samantha’s parents took her to the local emergency room where doctors discovered that Samantha had a very serious medical condition called cardiomyopathy, a disease that enlarged her heart, making it hard for the heart to pump blood to the body.
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