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As written by River’s mother, Angie: The night before River’s birth was pretty ordinary until I awoke around 3 am. Once I realized my water had broken, I arranged for my dad to come stay with our son Finn, packed my bag and showered. We finally made it to the hospital around 5 am. My nurse mentioned I could go for a walk to help labor progress. After many laps,... View Article

Jun 6 2017

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered the keynote address to graduates and their families at this year’s celebration honoring graduating high school students who have received care from our ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic and VCU Massey Cancer Center. The graduates were presented with scholarships provided by ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, the Sickle Cell Association of Richmond–OSCAR and families who have developed scholarships in honor of their loved ones who lost their... View Article

May 25 2017

On May 11 at 8:26 a.m. a 40-person team at VCU Medical Center successfully delivered sextuplets. Ajibola Taiwo, a native of Western Nigeria, was 30 weeks and two days pregnant when she gave birth to three boys and three girls by cesarean section. The babies ranged in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 15 ounces. All six are doing well and continue to thrive in the Children’s... View Article

May 24 2017

Zorater Miles is very familiar with our You Can Control Asthma Now (UCAN) program. She’s the caregiver for her two grandchildren, 9-year-old Iyanna and 3-year-old Christian, both of whom are learning to manage their chronic asthma with the help of the UCAN team. Award-winning The UCAN program was launched in 2015 through grant funding from Children’s Hospital Foundation and provides family-focused care to the high number of children suffering from... View Article

May 9 2017

When Lyndsey Golding was four years old, she developed an insatiable thirst that seemingly came out of nowhere. She also had two bedwetting episodes that were totally out of character for her. A family friend who’s a nurse recognized the signs and recommended Lyndsey immediately be tested for diabetes. “We found the CHoR team at diagnosis,” says Lyndsey’s mom, Dina. “They’ve been wonderful and we’ve never looked back.” CHoR has... View Article

Apr 6 2017

It’s been nearly a year since Kai’Ayshia Johnson’s last surgery. In that time the bright and cheerful child started school and celebrated her fifth birthday – two milestones for which she and her family are tremendously grateful.Kai’Ayshia still comes to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) for monthly check-ups with her specialists and takes medicine to keep her clotting under control. Thankfully, these days she spends the majority of her... View Article

Feb 14 2017

“A very loving 4-year-old ninja” is how Rochelle Welton describes her son Tyran, our January 2017 Calendar Kid.Tyran likes to pretend he’s a superhero, especially a Ninja Turtle, and he has big plans for becoming a superhero when he grows up. When he’s not outside running around and practicing his superhero skills, he enjoys spending time with his 11-year-old big brother, Tyree, playing on his tablet, wrestling and watching movies.Tyran’s... View Article

Jan 30 2017

By Dr. Thomas YehContent originally published on Richmond.com.It’s easy to lose your perspective in the rush of surgery. As a children’s heart surgeon, it has been my life’s greatest privilege to be part of many wonderful moments that changed lives for thousands of patients in Toronto, Louisville, Dallas, New Orleans, and now, in Richmond.Recently, a patient gave me pause to step back, savor the moment, and celebrate the wealth of... View Article

Nov 22 2016

By Dr. Thomas Yeh Content originally published on Richmond.com. It’s easy to lose your perspective in the rush of surgery. As a children’s heart surgeon, it has been my life’s greatest privilege to be part of many wonderful moments that changed lives for thousands of patients in Toronto, Louisville, Dallas, New Orleans, and now, in Richmond. Recently, a patient gave me pause to step back, savor the moment, and celebrate... View Article

Nov 22 2016

Ariel Benjamin, our September 2016 “Calendar Kid,” enjoys Legos, video games and bike riding and hopes to be a computer programmer someday.Ariel is one of many children in Central Virginia who come to CHoR for gastroenterology and nutrition services. Ariel has Crohn’s disease, a chronic condition that attacks the digestive system and causes painful stomach issues. Approximately 700,000 people in the United States are affected by Crohn’s and in need... View Article

Sep 26 2016