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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When the Chaplain Becomes the Patient

By Meredith Whittemore Robert Binkowski is no stranger to hospitals. As a volunteer chaplain at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital for more than a decade, he’s spent hours with patients and caregivers. “I’m here to support everyone: patients, caregivers, staff. We want people to know we’re here for anyone who might be having a rough time,” [Continue Reading]

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When Someone’s Life is at Stake, Do You Know How to Use an AED?

By Jade Waddy It was Joseph Vincent’s first day at his new job in the FedEx Warehouse when he started feeling ill and lost consciousness. While sitting in his supervisor’s office, Vincent began to go into cardiac arrest. Thankfully, the warehouse had recently installed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and his coworkers had been trained on [Continue Reading]

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“One of the Scariest Days of My Life: the Day I Suffered a Stroke at Work.”

By Nakia L. Cooper My anniversary is approaching. But not the one that people usually celebrate. It is not the anniversary of a walk down the aisle, a walk across a stage or some other grand rite of passage. It is the anniversary of one of the scariest days of my life. The day I [Continue Reading]

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