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 »

A Life Without Limits

A Life Without Limits It was October 2009, and inflammation continued to ravage Julie Stierer’s colon. Medications prescribed to control it had stopped working months earlier, turning the cheerful life of a 9-year-old into one of frequent diarrhea, fatigue, anemia, and dehydration. More and more mornings came when she’d be too sick to go to… Read more »

Children’s Hospital’s Trauma Team

Children’s Hospital has one of busiest trauma programs in the entire country and receives patients from throughout the tri-state region. Zachary’s story is a good example of why families should be reassured they’re in good hands. Zachary Weight, Age 16 In September 2009, Zachary Weight was riding his dirt bike at his home in Belle… Read more »

Talking Medication Dispenser

A lightbulb went off for Jeff Goff, pharmacy director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. When pharmacists pull medications from the 2,000 or so dispensers at the hospital, they visually inspect each medication they pick to make sure it’s the right medication, the right preparation, etc. By adding another sense into the equation –… Read more »