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1 in 100, Kinley is a heart warrior

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“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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Update on Killian, a heart warrior

Heart Warrior Killian – Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

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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

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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

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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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Supergirl Kierstyn – A CMN Miracle

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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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The Power of Pulse Ox – Saving Kinley

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February is Heart Awareness month. Mention heart disease or heart surgery and one may automatically assume that it is an older person, perhaps one who has lived a life full of rich indulgences resulting in heart disease. But the truth is that many heart diseases and defects are present at birth. Congenital Heart Defects are the most common birth defect…

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Killian – Update on a Congenital Heart Defect Warrior

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February is Heart Awareness month. Mention heart disease or heart surgery and one may automatically assume that it is an older person, perhaps one who has lived a life full of rich indulgences resulting in heart disease. But the truth is that many heart diseases and defects are present at birth. Congenital Heart Defects are the most common birth defect…

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‘Who put this car seat in?’ – Serious wreck tests mom’s skill at installing car seat

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As the mom of a 2 year old, Amber Bermudez is the first to admit that when it came to installing her son’s car seat, she would always have somebody else do it. “I would have other people do it for me because I didn’t want to mess up on something that important,” she said.  Then one evening this past summer, she…

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