From the NICU to the Swimming Pool: Preemie Heart Surgery Patient Making a Big Splash

By Evan Koch Alexandra “Alex” Merhan’s trip to the pool in mid-August was a milestone event for many reasons. After more than a year of swim lessons, the 3-year-old was skilled and confident enough to join her instructor in the water for the first time without either of her parents by her side. But the [Continue Reading]

As Marathon Nears, Runners Get Fit and Healthy for the Big Race

By Drew Munhausen With the Chevron Houston Marathon less than three months away, Brenda Hilton, a 71-year-old runner with more than two dozen marathons under her belt, is already preparing for the big race. Hilton said weekday runs are becoming more consistent and they are accompanied by longer runs on the weekends. However, it wasn’t [Continue Reading]

Young Dad’s Hardest Job Ever: Coming Back from a Stroke

By Jade Waddy It was a typical evening at home for Keith Smith , who was getting his 8-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter ready for bed on a school night, when his life would change forever. On February 12, the 40-year-old father of two, had just finished playing tooth fairy for his son when he [Continue Reading]

Staying Strong at 93: A Football Fan’s Secret

By Drew Munhausen “I’ve had Texans season tickets since their first season in 2002,” Jean Gaines said as she was doing a step-up exercise at the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute Performance Lab. Gaines, a 93-year-old football fan with a determination to stay in shape, visits the Institute twice a week as part of [Continue Reading]