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Posts published in May 2015


A Father and Son's Journey

Friday, May 22, 2015

Roberto Victor Duke knows firsthand the power of lifesaving medical care. When his mother was traveling back from the Caribbean on a cruise, she gave birth to Roberto prematurely, and he weighed one pound and two ounces. The doctor on board saved his life by constructing a makeshift incubator out of wine crates. 

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Happy Red Nose Day!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

If you're at our hospital today, you may see children, parents, and doctors with red noses. Don't worry -- it's not a health condition, but a fun way to support the first-ever Red Nose Day in the United States. After raising money for 30 years in the United Kingdom, the nonprofit Comic Relief is expanding to the US, and tonight at 8:00 eastern, NBC will air a three-hour comedy special that will raise money for charities that benefit children here and across the globe.

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335 Miles for Miles

Monday, May 18, 2015

Local Washingtonian Mike Monroe, an avid bicyclist, crossed the finish line on May 15 by riding into Children’s National after an arduous journey in his fight against food allergies. Inspired by his son, Miles, who lives with food allergies, Mike undertook a 335-mile ride along the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania to Washington, DC. Mike’s effort has raised more than $34,000, which will help fund clinical food allergy research at Children's National under the leadership of Dr. Hemant Sharma.

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Miracle Child Gives Back to Help Kids with Heart Conditions in Uganda

Friday, May 15, 2015

When Zachary was born, he was diagnosed at Children’s National with pulmonary atresia—a life-threatening heart condition in which his pulmonary valve was sealed shut and blood could not get to his lungs to receive oxygen. Zachary also had an enlarged chamber and holes across the upper chambers of his heart. Cardiologists Gerard Martin, MD, senior vice president of the Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Disease, and Craig Sable, MD, director of echocardiography and medical director of telemedicine, successfully opened the sealed valve without having to perform open heart surgery.

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