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Miracle Stories

Billy 2 year-old from Freer, Texas

November 13, 2007
Billy
Billy
Billy, "BJ," was diagnosed with Wilm's tumor in the summer of 2006 after his father noticed one side of his stomach was harder than the other. BJ underwent surgery to remove the tumor and a kidney, and soon after began receiving weekly outpatient chemotherapy at Driscoll Children's Hospital. His Pediatric Oncologist, Dr. Dragutin Loncar, Pediatric Surgeon, Dr. Stephen Almond, and DCH pediatric staff helped comfort BJ and his family during this emotional experience. Throughout his nine day stay, BJ felt like he was "home" with all of the attention he received from many at DCH. Upon his leave, BJ's family felt strong and experienced enough to take him back to Freer where he currently resides. BJ just recently lost his hair from the chemotherapy but it does not seem to slow him down. He is an adorable boy who is big for his young age. At home, BJ enjoys jumping and playing with his older brother and sister.

Caleb, 5 year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas

November 13, 2007
Caleb
Caleb
Working smarter, not harder! Since his birth, Caleb had been a healthy normal child, but at 15 months of age his mom had to take him to see the doctor worried because he started panting like he had asthma. After a few tests and discovering that his sugar was so high, Caleb was diagnosed with Diabetes Type I. It was a tough moment for the family but at the same time they felt confident and peaceful for the superb education and wonderful support they received at Driscoll. The staff at the Diabetes clinic was very patient with them and has helped everyone in the family to get involved with Caleb's treatment, allowing them to manage situations through education. Caleb's mom decided to share their experience in hope to encourage others who have tragic dilemmas and let them know that with hope and faith you can overcome anything. Caleb now visits the clinic for three-month check-ups with the pediatric Endocrinologist and to talk to the dietitians. Currently he is playing soccer and keeps himself busy and active.

Clayton, 7 year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas

November 13, 2007
Clay & Halle
Clay & Halle
Clay was diagnosed with Hunter Syndrome by pediatric geneticist Dr. Raymond Lewandowski. The rare disease occurs when enzymes designed to destroy dead cells in the body are lacking. As a result, those cells cause deadly build-ups around the brain, spleen, liver, and kidneys. After undergoing enzyme replacement therapy for a year, Clay has grown three inches and many of his organs have shrunk to normal size.

Eliana, 4 year-old from Odem, Texas

November 13, 2007
Eliana
Eliana
As a 27 week premature baby, Eliana Hope received her name for being recognized by her family as a miracle child after spending two months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She was diagnosed with Bronchopulmonary Dysphasia and upon arriving at Driscoll, she received care and treatment from pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Iley Browning for Asthma and Chronic Lung Disease. During her lengthy stay at DCH, her family experienced excellent care for their miracle child from the many pediatric healthcare experts. Today, she continues to receive loving care, but especially at the Pulmonary Clinic. Eliana Hope is known by many loved ones to be a glamorous little girl who loves to paint, color, and play with her puppy, Max.

Hector, 6 year-old from Robstown, Texas

November 13, 2007
Hector
Hector
A courageous story of strength! When Hector was 5 years old he fell off the back of a truck and had to be rushed to the closest emergency center due to paralysis in his upper extremities. From there it was determined he had to be flown by helicopter to DCH emergency and after several studies, a spinal cord injury was found. In addition, it was discovered that he suffered from a Trickle Cell birth defect which made his recovery more difficult. Hector couldn't move, walk, or sit up when he came to Driscoll, but thanks to the care of pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Burke, pediatric neurologist Dr. Carol DeLine, and many other healthcare experts he was able to progress very quickly. By the second month of his stay at Driscoll, and after a lot of therapy, he was able to start walking. He worked so hard on his therapy that 2 and a half months later, on December 23rd, he was ready to go home and celebrate the holidays with his family! Now, he is very in love with his therapists and doctors and has a laughing spirit about everything. These days, Hector is in the first grade and he loves eating pizza, chicken nuggets, and enjoys running around.

Ian, 4 year-old from Victoria, Texas

November 13, 2007
Ian
Ian
Small babies with big hearts! When Ian was born he was diagnosed with complex cardiac heart defects which required his air transfer from Victoria to DCH in Corpus Christi. The Driscoll pediatric paramedics transported Ian at only a few days of birth where pediatric cardiovascular surgeons - Dr. Mark Morales and Dr. Mark Bielefeld performed an Interrupted Aortic Arch procedure to repair his heart vessels. Ian required a lot of care from the entire pediatric cardiology physicians group and their team of cardio professionals in order to recuperate successfully. However his parents felt at ease to receive so much support from the staff who made them feel comfortable understanding what was happening with their first child. Although Ian and his recuperating little heart had to spend Valentine's Day at DCH, he was able to go home on February 22nd to spread the love with his entire family. Today, Ian is a Pre-Kindergarten kid who enjoys being extremely active and riding his tricycle.

Jaime, 2 year-old from Edinburg, Texas

November 13, 2007
Jaime
Jaime
He's a fighter! Jaime has been a patient at DCH since he was a newborn. Because of a diagnosis of complex heart defects at birth, pediatric cardiovascular surgeons Dr. Mark Morales and Dr. Mark Bielefeld performed many cardiac surgeries on Jaime. In addition to other complications, Jaime has also had a G-tube done and other abdominal surgeries by pediatric surgeon Dr. Haroon Patel. But he has really spent most of his early life in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where pediatric intensivist Dr. Alexandre Rotta and the rest of the PICU staff managed Jaime for cardiac, ECMO, ventilation, nutrition, and a short intestine. But his most amazing recovery has been when at 15 months of age, DCH coordinated Jaime's transfer to a Chicago hospital where he received a heart transplant. Today, Jaime is back at home with a new heart and continues to be a patient at DCH for heart caths and GI follow ups. His parents are very grateful for all the people who have taken care of him, especially in the PICU. Today, he continues to be a fighter, loves to play with his siblings, and enjoys playfully terrorizing the house in his walker. Jaime's story is a miracle story that has impacted many people not only at DCH but everywhere he has been.

Marissa, 5 year-old from Aransas Pass, Texas

November 13, 2007
Marissa
Marissa
Marissa is a miracle baby! Heart defects were detected early in the pregnancy of Marissa's mom but determined to fight for her baby's life, she made important decisions to follow. At 20 weeks in the pregnancy, her mom started visiting pediatric geneticist Dr. Raymond Lewandowski and pediatric cardiologist Dr. John Pliska for fetal echo-cardiograms which helped them determine how they could take care of Marissa's fragile heart. Two hours after birth, Marissa was ready to go for a life saving procedure at DCH's operating room with pediatric cardiovascular surgeons Dr. Mark Morales and Dr. Mark Bielefeld. She required a pacemaker as she was diagnosed with congenital heart block, making her the very first baby in South Texas to receive a pacemaker at this age thanks to Driscoll Children's Hospital. Since her procedure, Marissa continues to visit DCH every three months for follow up appointments with her physicians. Marissa's recovery and experience have been a long journey filled with so many memories; memories that her mom continues to register in Marissa's life journal. Marissa's parents appreciate all of her family's support and friends at DCH who continue to touch her heart with tender loving care.

Micah and Aiden, 11 month-olds from Corpus Christi, Texas

November 13, 2007
Micah & Aiden
Micah & Aiden
Double trouble! These gorgeous twins arrived at DCH in an ambulance, transported by a team of pediatric paramedics. Micah and Aiden were born premature at 26 weeks of gestation, and needed a lot of specialized care. The Neonatologists and pediatric nursing staff at DCH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were in constant communication with their parents to let them know what was happening, what procedures were going to perform, and also making sure their parents had everything they needed, including emotional support. After a few months in the NICU, Micah and Aiden's parents were prepared on how to manage them before they were discharged, along with the confidence that they could call the DCH staff if anything went wrong. Today, they are growing more and more everyday and visit their doctor every 3 months for check ups. Micah loves to play and cruise around his crib and Aiden likes to rock and watch Little Einstein's.

Osbaldo, 1 year-old from Harlingen, Texas

November 13, 2007
Osbaldo
Osbaldo
Big Smiles, Bright Spirit! Osbaldo "Ozzie" was born with cleft lip and palate. As a newborn, pediatric orthodontist Dr. Deji Fashemo, worked with Ozzie doing a procedure called Naso-Alveolar Molding Therapy which helps bring the cleft segments closer together by wearing a specialized appliance in his mouth. The process involves care of 4 times per day and is worn 10-12 weeks with weekly visits to the doctor for adjustment's, follow up care, and instructions. After this treatment, Ozzie was able and ready to undergone several surgeries with pediatric plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Hubli at DCH to repair his cleft lip and palate. He has overcome all odds with the outstanding support and dedication of his loving parents. Currently, he is a very active child at home who loves stuffed animals, likes to dance, and listen to music.