Follow-Up Friday: Daniel’s Heart Is Helping Him Reach Milestones As His Family Supports Others

By Evan Koch Daniel was 8 months old when his mother, Staci Geiger, wrote about her family’s experience at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital following his diagnosis with a rare and complex congenital heart defect. Staci’s “heart warrior” had experienced five surgeries and spent 110 nights at Children’s Heart Center by the time he was just [Continue Reading]

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Father’s Dream of Walking Daughter Down the Aisle Comes True after Heart and Kidney Transplant

By Drew Munhausen The wedding march begins. The crowd stands and turns, waiting for the doors of the church to part, revealing a father and daughter prepared to make the iconic walk down the aisle. It’s a milestone Ted Adderly desperately wanted to share with his daughter, but his rapidly worsening heart condition threatened to [Continue Reading]

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Follow up Friday: From Healthy to Heart Failure at 37

For Meghan Stapleton, having “normal” problems is what makes her happy. “When you consider that at one point two years ago, I was basically ‘dead’, having regular problems, living a typical life, is monumental for me,” said Stapleton. In the summer of 2017, Stapleton began having pain and numbness in her left arm. She couldn’t [Continue Reading]

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Life-saving surgery allows college-bound teen to finish basketball career on his own terms

By Meredith Whittemore Garett Pineault recognized that his senior year of high school basketball would be his last one. But a rare condition put that special season in jeopardy. After nearly a decade of playing, Garett is headed to Texas A&M in the fall and collegiate sports weren’t in his plans, barring the intramural or [Continue Reading]

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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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