Thoracic outlet syndrome: Why I smile for life

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Throughout my life I have been blessed with many gifts. I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, a student and an athlete. I have woken up for 17 years now; I have been allowed to breathe and live a new day, every sunrise. While some days I admit that I fail to recognize the significance of this, I have recently have experienced a situation that put my life into perspective. Full Entry »

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We have our USP7 family

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For most of our 7-year-old daughter Tess’s life, we’ve been on our own. Her ultra-rare mutation in her USP7 gene has no awareness day, bumper sticker or fun run. Sure, friends and family have rallied around her and us, and they’ve been great. But there’s nothing so isolating as thinking you’re the only one of your kind. It’s been a lonely struggle. Full Entry »

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Tetralogy of Fallot 101

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What is Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)?

TOF is a congenital heart defect that affects the heart’s structure and causes oxygen-poor blood to flow out of the heart and around the body. While it’s a rare and complex heart defect, occurring in about 5 of every 10,000 babies, our team at Texas Children’s Heart Center performs an average of 30 TOF repairs each year and our survival rate is 99 percent. Full Entry »

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Meet the pediatrician: Dr. Carrie Chiu


At Texas Children’s Pediatrics, we understand the importance of feeling completely comfortable with your child’s primary care physician. To help you get to know our pediatricians better, we decided to sit down with them and do a short Q&A. Full Entry »

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Lexi will keep “tri-ing”


My daughter, Lexi, has been doing kids triathlons since she was 4 years old. She’s now 11. In fact, her first race was only two weeks after she got off her training wheels. She wanted to do everything her big brothers did, so she joined the summer swim team when she was only 3 years old. Lexi has participated in the Houston Texans Kids Triathlon since it started in 2012. Unfortunately, Lexi’s race times are now slower than they were when she was younger. Full Entry »

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