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When Adult Medical Devices Fall Short for Kids

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Nov. 2 Associated Press article, "Move to Spur Pint-Sized Medical Devices to Treat Sick Kids," underscores the vital role of philanthropy in meeting the specialized needs of children. "Children are not just miniature adults; their bodies are growing and changing," reporter Lauran Neergaard writes, but unfortunately "many of the medical devices needed to treat sick children were built for adults." Sadly for children with specialized medical needs, "there's little financial incentive [for manufacturers] to create and test pint-sized devices because children overall are healthier than adults and make up a fraction of the treatment market." But there's hope in the form of innovation.

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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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Children’s National Honors Al Otaibas for Commitment to Children

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Children’s National Health System has named His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States, and his wife, Abeer, as recipients of the second annual Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Prize in Philanthropy, created to honor families who have given back after having a personal experience with the institution.

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