An Especially Meaningful Mother’s Day After Surviving Cardiac Arrest

By Meredith Whittemore This year’s Mother’s Day could’ve been a tough one for Janet Mendoza. Several months prior, she was at risk of losing her mother, Amada Mendoza, after she experienced cardiac arrest. “She was complaining of chest pain and feeling ‘burpy.’ I just thought it was acid reflux or something,” Janet Mendoza said. She [Continue Reading]

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Going Back to College with a New Heart

By Meredith Whittemore “Ma’am, do you know why I pulled you over?” It’s the question drivers worry will soon be followed by a traffic citation. But Shelby Rab’s driver had a unique reason for speeding that gained her leniency. “She told the officer, ‘We’ve got to get to Houston to get her a new heart!’ [Continue Reading]

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“Warrior Baby” Overcomes Onslaught of Health Challenges before Her First Birthday

By Evan Koch Peyton McNeel is a happy baby. She loves talking to elephants at the zoo, watching her family’s dog and cat, and listening to her dad, Andrew, play guitar. Behind Peyton’s glowing smile, dimpled chin and dark hazel eyes is a fighting spirit as innate as her affability. “Peyton is my miracle,” said [Continue Reading]

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Searching for the Other Half of Daniel’s Heart and Finding Our Miracle, Our Team

By Staci Geiger I sat in the chair in the conference room, hands clasped, lips pursed. The tension that radiated from my head and shoulders was almost palpable among the three of us. My husband, Brian, my mom, and I had driven four hours in the early morning for a fetal echocardiogram at The Fetal [Continue Reading]

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New Studies Tout Benefits of Minimally Invasive Heart Procedure. Meet the Patients Who Have Benefited.

By Meredith Whittemore Tens of thousands of patients needing a heart valve replacement may soon be able to avoid open heart surgery. Two recently published studies show a minimally invasive procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), which was previously reserved for patients so sick they may not survive open heart surgery, is also beneficial for younger, [Continue Reading]

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Boy Who Underwent Three Open-Heart Surgeries Pays it Forward

By Evan Koch Every year, Mason Brown makes a pilgrimage back to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital wearing a custom-printed T-shirt emblazoned with the same slogan. “My heart beats thanks to the awesome CV Surg Team at CMHH.” Erinn Brown, Mason’s mom, has been embossing those words on her son’s shirts for years, each time noting [Continue Reading]

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