“Brave and Determined”: Child Overcomes Spina Bifida to Take Her First Steps

By Jade Waddy Fanny Mendez’s excitement about becoming a first-time mother quickly turned to anxiety when her 21-week ultrasound revealed that her unborn baby girl had serious health problems that could prevent her from ever learning to walk. Doctors discovered that the girl had spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when the spine and [Continue Reading]

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New Facility Dog Lending a Helping Paw to Young Patients

By Alyson Ward The latest hire at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has all the skills he needs to help young patients: solid training, a strong work ethic, a good bedside manner, a wagging tail and a wet nose. Dexter, a 2-year-old golden retriever and Labrador mix, is a new facility dog who spends weekdays working [Continue Reading]

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From Her First Breath to Her ‘Dream Job,’ a Former NICU Patient Comes Full Circle

By Alyson Ward When Georganne McClain was born, her mother was afraid to hold her. She didn’t want to get too attached. The baby girl, born in September 1991, was alarmingly premature – born at 26 weeks, Georganne weighed just more than a pound. Brinda McClain had lost a premature baby before. She worried that [Continue Reading]

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From Diaper Dashes to 1-Mile Sprints, Children Race for Good Health

By Drew Munhausen Every year, The Woodlands hosts IRONMAN competitors during the week of the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas. However, the adults weren’t the only ones training for the race. More than 500 kids of all ages had also been preparing for the 5th annual Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Texas Fun Run that kicked off [Continue Reading]

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A Family’s Journey With Cleft Inspires Them To Help Others

By Evan Koch Katherine and Richard Rose responded directly to the diagnosis their son, Luke, would be born with cleft palate.  “We decided to tackle the issue head-on and find the best care and the best plastic surgeon possible for Luke,” Katherine Rose said. One of the most common birth defects, cleft palate can severely [Continue Reading]

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