Mapping the Brain

Mapping the Brain A 10:30 p.m. phone call in March 2008 shattered the peace of the Bowser family’s home in Butler, Pa. Shannon Bowser, 15 – a healthy teenager who loved playing volleyball and softball – had gone with some friends to a concert in New Castle. Now one of the friends was calling to… Read more »

Nick Overcomes Leukemia

Last winter, Nick Heisler had terribly swollen lymph nodes and tonsils. Captain of his Bethel Park High School wrestling team, Nick was constantly tired. Although he was nearly undefeated in his division, he couldn’t seem to shake the feeling that something was wrong. When his symptoms worsened, Nick went to his family pediatrician where he was… Read more »

A Critical Choice

On March 20, Joshua Kerner, 15, of the North Hills, headed out to ride his bike — without a helmet. It was the worst decision of his life. Swerving to avoid an oncoming car, he jumped a curb, clipped the pole of a stop sign, and landed head first on the concrete. A neighbor, who… Read more »

A Healed Heart

As Ethan started to walk, and then eventually to run, he never showed any outward signs that the heart beating in his tiny chest harbored a congenital abnormality. “Developmentally, Ethan was on schedule,” said his mother, Cindy. “He was very active and always running around. We never would have known there was a problem if… Read more »

Oliver visits Children’s Hospital

Oliver Wilhelm, 7, of West Virginia, was born prematurely and developed a kink in his bowel that necessitated the surgical removal of more than a foot of bowel. Because of his short gut syndrome, he wasn’t able to eat very much at all as a child. Oliver was listed for a small bowel transplant, which… Read more »