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1 in 100, Kinley is a heart warrior


“My heart started to race. My husband and I looked at each other with tears in our eyes and rushed down the halls of Tucson Medical Center into the NICU. Our team of heroes, TMC doctors and nurses, surrounded Kinley’s bassinet trying to get IV lines in to administer prostaglandin to keep Kinley alive.” Stacy Lipinczyk retells those frightening moments…

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Heart Warrior Killian – Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week


Killian is a typical four-year old. He loves trains, dogs, spending time in home improvement stores, and mechanics of all kinds. At four years old he is his parents’ pride and joy. Killian is also a survivor with a major open-heart operation for each of his tender years. Each surgery has been to address a congenital heart defect he was born with. At birth Killian’s chances of…

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Mega Raffle funding needed equipment for pediatric therapy


Tasks as simple as grabbing something off the floor, or tying a pair of shoes can spell a supersized challenge for a young patient fresh off spine surgery. The TMC Mega Raffle is funding much-needed supplies for TMC’s occupational therapists to use for pediatric inpatients. Patients at TMC for Children now receive tools that help them maintain their spinal precautions while they…

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Dear Henry – A whirlwind preemie


The path to parenthood is not always simple or straightforward. For Nikki and Matt Thompson, years of struggling with infertility ended in February of 2016 with a positive pregnancy test following their first round of In Vitro Fertilization. The first 23 weeks of pregnancy were blissful. No morning sickness, no cravings, the baby appeared to be healthy as was mom. Matt…

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Best Foot Forward with Family Resolutions


Are you making New Year Resolutions with your children? How about for yourself? Making New Year resolutions as a family offers an opportunity to teach your children realistic goal setting and incorporate healthy resolutions for the whole family. Given our schedules are so full with work, parenting, shuttling our children from play date to activities, we often neglect our own…

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Supergirl Kierstyn – A CMN Miracle


Mary Catherine Rader’s pregnancy was, by all measures, progressing very nicely. And then all of a sudden it wasn’t. On April 21, 2009, a full three months before her youngest child was due to arrive, Mary Catherine started to have contractions. While the expectant mother didn’t have any symptoms beyond the contractions, she knew something wasn’t quite right, these weren’t Braxton…

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Missy begs to go to work – Pet therapy dog


“Wanna go to work?” is all Frank Arciuolo has to say and Missy is ready to go! Missy, a three-year old shepherd mix, is a therapist, or rather a pet therapy dog. She brings joy, smiles, increased oxytocin levels, lowered blood pressure, and healing therapy to the patients at TMC for Children. We talked with Missy and Frank to get…

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Taking on Type 1 Diabetes – Brody’s story


At TMC we treat children that are newly diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes or who are dealing with complications. When a child or teenager is diagnosed with diabetes, the entire family faces many challenges. The interdisciplinary Diabetes Team provides individualized care and attention and includes pediatric endocrinologists, diabetes educators, intensivists, hospitalists, nurses and dietitians who are here to help families…

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Send a message to the world from space – with astronaut Ron Garan


If children had a platform to say anything to everyone on Earth, what would they say? That’s what astronaut Ron Garan, the chief pilot for World View, is trying to find out. World View “launched” the campaign at TMC for Children on Friday, collecting hand-written letters from children to send to the edge of space on a December test flight.…

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How to talk to children about the death of a loved one


Death is a universal experience, it is fact of life that our children are exposed to from an early age, in many classic story tales, in nature, and in our families. When we talk with children about death, both when it is abstract and when it hits closer to home, we can explore what they understand about death, perhaps address…

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