22q doesn’t diminish Molly's joy
Before starting kindergarten in August 2018, Molly spent the summer traveling with her family, swimming, spending time in the country with her grandparents and playing dress-up with her big sister. She loves her big sister, ice cream and dogs. Seeing her, you would never guess that her earliest days were spent at Children's Medical Center Dallas.
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Baby Emily thrives after skull surgery and helmet therapy
For Lauren, mother's intuition set in the moment she laid eyes on her newborn, a baby girl named Emily.
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An infant born with a cleft lip and palate receives expert care at Children's Health
When Courtney was just 27 weeks pregnant, she and her husband learned that their unborn daughter, Corlee, had a cleft lip during a 3D ultrasound.
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Miette overcomes tendinitis to make beautiful music
Music has been a part of Miette's life for as long as she can remember. Whether she is singing, dancing or playing an instrument, something comes alive in her when she performs. So when the 13-year-old's wrist started hurting, her family acted quickly to find experts who could help her heal and continue to play.
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Repairing a floating thumb gives a toddler the ability to clap, color and grasp
When Maria was pregnant, her obstetrician informed her there was a high chance that her child would be born with Down syndrome. Maria and her husband did their best to plan for whatever unique challenges they might face after delivery, but there was no way they could have prepared themselves for the surprise they received when their daughter, Camila, was born. Contrary to her doctor's prediction, Camila did not have Down syndrome, but Maria knew from her first look at her daughter, that something was wrong with her hand.
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Eli likes arts and crafts, coloring and dinosaurs. He is also a fan of football and baseball and hopes to join a team and wear a sports helmet when he's a little older. Looking at this happy, healthy boy, you would never guess that he wore a therapeutic helmet after craniofacial surgery when he was just a baby.
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Compassionate care for craniosynostosis
Brett, a Texas A&M graduate and mechanical engineer, and Claire, a British expat practicing law in the U.S., met in Dallas on Valentine's Day weekend. They fell in love, married and started living their dream with a house, one beautiful daughter named Lydia and another on the way.
Baby Ava arrived one day early. In the whirlwind of it all, Claire remembers noticing that Ava's head looked elongated, but the medical staff thought it was normal.
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A second chance for a baby from Haiti
In 2011, Valerie held a 4-month-old baby covered in tubes and wires in the cardiac intensive care unit (ICU), hoping she could be the mom to the little boy who desperately needed a caregiver.
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Facing the future
Liliana, or "Lilly" as she is often called, is happiest performing on the stage. The 13-year-old dreams of someday being a professional singer, but a couple years ago she wondered if that would be possible.
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Girl with rare condition thrives despite many obstacles
Bridget is happiest putting smiles on people's faces. Despite the many obstacles she has overcome, the 10-year-old thinks of others before herself.
"Helping people has always been a dream of mine," Bridget says.
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By the time she was 9 years old, Rebecca had already undergone eight surgeries to correct her cleft lip, a congenital craniofacial deformity affecting approximately one in 700 newborns in the U.S. Now, by the age of 17, she's had three additional surgeries, with one final procedure scheduled this December. She's faced challenges – physically and emotionally – that no child should have to bear. Through it all, however, if there’s one word to describe her, it's strong.
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Stephanie loves dancing. But after joining the dance team at her high school and wearing ponytails on a regular basis, all Stephanie could think about during performances was whether people noticed her ears.
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A world of difference
Juan is a playful toddler who loves the outdoors and all kinds of food, especially fruit and spaghetti. But feeding him has not always been easy for his mom, Claudia.
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Mending the tiniest of faces
Manuel remembers the moment he realized that his baby girl born with a cleft lip and palate would be okay.
"As soon as we met her surgeon, we knew she was in the best hands possible," Manuel says.
James Seaward, M.D., plastic and craniofacial surgeon at Children’s Health and Assistant Professor of Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery at UT Southwestern, met Manuel and his wife, Belinda, after an ultrasound revealed the cleft lip and palate. Their baby, Wendy, would need surgery to repair it.
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