Carving Out a New Future After Heart Surgery

By Meredith Whittemore Woodworking is in Vinny Barone’s blood. Both his father and grandfather were carpenters, and from an early age, he learned how to transform a tree stump into a beautiful piece of art. “I started working with my father at 6 years old and over time my hobby has evolved into something artistic,” [Continue Reading]

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Quieting a Cardiac Storm: One Man’s Recovery After a Massive Heart Attack

By Meredith Whittemore Supercharged bolts of lightning carrying one billion joules of energy that light up the night sky, leaving behind an eerie silence, followed by a clap of thunder louder than a jackhammer. That’s one way to describe the power of a thunderstorm. That’s the battle Oscar Botello’s heart fought to win during a massive [Continue Reading]

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Heart to Heart: A Grandma’s Journey Back to Health to Care for Sick Grandson

By Meredith Whittemore  For the last year and a half, Pamela Dillard has been focused on one thing: taking care of her grandson, who was born with a serious heart defect. “When Foster was born, we knew he’d need several surgeries, but some of them would have to wait until he got a little [Continue Reading]

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Getting “Back Up to Speed” with a New Kind of Pacemaker

By Meredith Whittemore William Spillman has lived in Houston for more than 75 years.  While the hustle and bustle of the city has only gotten faster, Spillman’s heart hasn’t kept up. “I hadn’t felt well in quite some time. I had no energy. I was tired and falling asleep at my desk,”said Spillman, who runs a [Continue Reading]

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Dead for 45 minutes: Teen is giving thanks for his life

By Meredith Whittemore Nineteen-year-old Nathan Santos doesn’t remember anything about the day he died, but his sister, Miliaris, does. “My mother heard him gasping, saw him struggling for air and called me over. I called 911 and started doing CPR. I could see it in his eyes that he was gone, but that didn’t stop [Continue Reading]

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Fixing Abigail’s Heart Creates a New Future for College Station Teen

By Evan Koch In less than 24 hours, Abigail Franklin’s life would change forever. “I’m going to be able to do everything I couldn’t do before,” she said standing in the Hermann Atrium, two floors below the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center operating room where she would soon undergo major surgery. Eve and John Franklin stood [Continue Reading]

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