Miguel’s story: Seeing the world, thanks to an innovative treatment
As an infant, Miguel couldn’t tell his parents that he couldn’t see very well. They noticed that he sometimes missed things he was reaching for, but they figured it was just part of his development.
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Kailey’s story: How determination and an expert care team helps her thrive
Erica’s family moved to Dallas for her job in 2020. Looking back, she feels like it was divine intervention — bringing her family to one of the few places in the world where they could access specialized care for the rare condition her daughter Kailey would be diagnosed with.
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Mom celebrates sending her two children to college – both have complex health needs
This fall, Tonya and her husband, Craig, will pack up the car and drive their youngest son Mitchell to begin his freshman year of college.
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Born premature, Tamara’s strength endures through brain surgery
When Tranece and Terrence learned they were expecting their fifth child, Tamara, in early 2021, they assumed that the pregnancy would go as smoothly as her previous pregnancies, especially after ultrasounds and genetic testing gave them no cause for concern.
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Katie's physical, emotional and mental health improve after weight loss surgery
Katie is a creative 16-year-old who enjoys writing short stories and going to concerts. She's on the yearbook staff at school and spends most Friday nights under the lights capturing photos of her peers at football games and other school functions. As a single-leg amputee, she looks a bit different than her classmates, but if there's one thing that defines Katie, it's her independent spirit and refusal to let life's challenges keep her down.
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Jesus shows strength through three strokes
Fifteen-year-old Jesus recently learned to walk again – a big feat for the all-around sports player whose goal is to get back on the basketball court and football field. In January 2015, Jesus remembers feeling dizzy while playing basketball at school. He stopped for a water break and his next memory is paramedics loading him into an ambulance. He had experienced a seizure. "I remember being in lots of pain," Jesus says.
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Care when every second counts
Early on the morning of November 22, 2000, Keith and Nancy packed their five kids into the van to travel from their home in McKinney, Texas, to visit relatives in Austin for the Thanksgiving holiday. The family had recently moved to Texas and were looking forward to the trip with anticipation.
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Two boys, living in two states, brought together by a rare condition
A 10-year-old football fan from Lake Dallas and a 5-year-old farm boy from Oklahoma have matching scars and are the best of friends. "The boys relate to each other on a different level," says Shanna, Payton's mom.
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A team of experts work together to treat a teen with a rare condition
Four years ago, Austin Rice was a typical, active 10-year-old who loved playing baseball. One day at practice, he complained of a severe headache and within minutes began sweating profusely with no feeling on his left side.
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