It’s often said that parenting is one of the hardest, but most rewarding, jobs there is. No two children are the same and caring for the household and meeting each child’s unique needs is a balancing act. When a child has special needs – or even an issue that at times demands more time and attention – this balance often becomes even more delicate. Children with more involved needs, whether... View Article
“My tummy hurts!” When this phrase is accompanied by a brief bout of vomiting or diarrhea, it’s likely a stomach bug that will run its course. Other causes of abdominal discomfort in kids aren’t quite as obvious. “The abdomen contains the stomach, intestines and several organs,” said Flora Szabo, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist. “When you consider this, along with the complex nature of the human body and how the various systems... View Article
When Amy Grazioso was pregnant with her son Tyler, now 12, she knew there was a chance he would be born with cystic fibrosis. Within his first two weeks of life, the diagnosis was confirmed. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease in which a thick and sticky mucus builds up in the organs, including the lungs. When this mucus plugs the airways, it makes breathing difficult. “It was really difficult... View Article
When Kelly Ellis and her 4-year-old twins Huck and Hayes set out for swimming lessons on June 9, 2017, they had no idea the trip would turn their family’s world upside down. They hit a tree in a car accident that left Huck unconscious and all three of them with injuries that required urgent medical attention. The twins were flown to CHoR while Mom was transported by ambulance to VCU... View Article
“It’s been a whirlwind,” Stephanie Cooper recalled of the last three years. In January 2015, Stephanie’s then 14-year-old daughter, Erica, began having headaches that were so severe she would be in tears from the pain. Her pediatrician suspected stress and prescribed medication for anxiety. As the frequency and intensity of Erica’s headaches increased, her pediatrician also noted her blood pressure was elevated. Because Erica’s dad, Mike, had a kidney birth... View Article
Gabe’s sunken chest, the result of a condition called pectus excavatum, affected his ability to be active and even laugh. Dr. Thomas Yeh and our Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team gave Gabe his health and a renewed sense of confidence.
The new year will be marked by the opening of an inspirational new mental health facility, the result of Virginia leaders and citizens coming together to transform mental health care for our children. Former Virginia Treatment Center for Children patient Hallie Hovey-Murray says it best: Virginia has had much to be proud of in recent decades, including national best in class rankings in economic competitiveness, education, state parks and quality of life.... View Article