• Oh the Places They’ll Go: Kids with Cancer Describe their Happy Places

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    Puppies, unicorns with soft horns, walrus wizards—these are a few of the magical creatures that exist in the “happy places” of kids battling cancer. They are places full of promise, hope and joy. Not the wheelchairs, IVs and medications that exist in their daily lives. Everyone has a figurative happy place for when times are tough. For young ...

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  • Asthma and Back to School: A Dangerous Combination

    We have a problem in Georgia: Children are dying of asthma, but where is the outcry? Why don’t we hear PSAs that warn parents, children, teachers and coaches that fall is one of the most dangerous times for children with asthma? From coast to coast, September is the No. 1 month for ...

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  • Laura’s Scrapbook: Mother Recalls Daughter’s Journey as Pediatric Heart Transplant Pioneer

    My daughter Laura’s scrapbook begins with a page prepared by her heart transplant coordinator on July 16, 1988. Laura, at the age of 3, became the first pediatric heart transplant recipient at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and also the first pediatric heart transplant performed in Georgia. It was a big deal for ...

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  • Anniversary in the PICU

    During morning rounds, staff at our Scottish Rite hospital learned that June 11, 2015, marked two milestones for the Rogers family: Turner, a muscular dystrophy patient, had been in the hospital for 21 days and his parents, Carey and Tammy, were celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary. The devoted parents had cancelled dinner ...

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  • Snake vs. Toddler: The Fisher Family’s Story

    With four young kids who would live outdoors if we let them, the house we found in the suburbs of Atlanta seemed almost too good to be true. Nestled in the middle of a neighborhood, the home’s backyard provides plenty of space to run around, lots of wooded areas to explore ...

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  • NICU Photo Series Captures Mothers’ Healing Touch

    Moms-to-be spend months dreaming about their little ones’ first few weeks in the outside world—holding her for the first time, driving home from the hospital, introducing him to his carefully chosen nursery. For moms with babies in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), those dreams quickly give way to worrying about oxygen ...

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