Devin Defies the Odds While Waiting for an Organ Transplant

Shortly after Devin was born at 26 weeks, he was diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis [NEC], a serious disease that indicated bacteria had invaded his intestine and destroyed his small bowel. At two years old, he was put on the wait … Read More

Chewbacca Tells Patient He’s Getting A New Heart

Months ago when Austin Eggleston, 15, was listed for a heart transplant, Dr. Philip Thrush, Cardiologist at Lurie Children’s, promised he would deliver the news a heart was available dressed as Chewbacca. Born with three congenital heart defects, Austin had … Read More

Family with Medically Complex Child Launches Foundation to Fill Insurance Gap

When Kristin and Brenden Etue welcomed their daughter Livi into the world in March 2017, their lives were changed forever. Born with a genetic condition that affects multiple parts of the body known as CHARGE syndrome, Livi required extensive medical … Read More

Preventive Heart Health for Kids – Visiting the Dentist

By Kathy O’Loughlin, DMD, MPH, American Dental Association   Did you know that regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental disease? That’s why the American Dental Association recommends that kids start visiting the dentist … Read More

Born a Fighter: After Open-Heart Surgeries, Winston Thrives

On March 16, 2017, Lauren gave birth to a baby boy named Winston, and for a few hours, everything was fine. Within 24 hours, however, Winston was brought to the NICU, where an echocardiogram of his heart confirmed it was … Read More

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