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Heading off the alarms at Boston Children’s Hospital
April 22, 2014

The Boston Globe
reports that Boston Children’s Hospital has joined with a startup named Etiometry to develop a system that aims to forecast changes in a patient’s condition before the patient’s medical alarms go off.

For heart surgery a glue replaces needle and thread
January 9, 2014
The Boston Globe reports on a promising development in the treatment of cardiac surgery. Boston Children’s Hospital Pedro del Nido, MD, and Nora Lang, MD, along with researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and MIT developed a surgical “super” glue that is nontoxic, biodegradable and fast-drying even in the presence of blood, forming a bond that is strong enough to close a hole in a beating heart. BBC, NPR, Philly.com, National Geographic, UPI, Fox News, The Huffington Post, The Scientist and MIT Technology Review also reported on this story.

Disabled baby denied heart transplant elsewhere, receives care at Boston Children’s
December 4, 2013
CNNHealth.com’s “The Empowered Patient” column profiles a family whose 5-month-old infant was denied a heart transplant at various other institutions before coming to Boston Children’s Hospital – reportedly because he had a disease they believed would leave him with mental and physical disabilities.  The grateful mother said, “the difference between Boston and all the other hospitals is the way they cared…and that they cared.”  Boston Children’s Amy Roberts, MD, is included in the story. The story was also reported by The Daily Mail , Fox News, The New York Post and Gawker.com.

Two organs, one life saved
March 11, 2013
The Lowell Sun tells the story of four year-old Sofia Groff, who received a unique transplant at Boston Children’s in 2010 to treat her extremely rare medical condition, known as mid-aortic syndrome. In a transplant surgery recently described in the American Journal of Transplantation, Sofia received a new aorta and kidney. This was the first case to be reported where a length of aorta has been transplanted with a kidney in a child.

Cape Teen’s Heart Pump Making Medical History Before Transplant
March 6, 2013
WBZ-TV Channel 4 tells the story of 13 year-old Kyah DeSimone, who is the first patient discharged from Boston Children’s Hospital with a ventricular assist device, and the first child to return to school in North America with the device while awaiting transplant.

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Rebuilding a whole heart for children born with only half of one
November 6, 2012

Using a combination of surgical procedures developed over the last 11 years, surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital have established a new approach for rebuilding the heart in children born with a severe heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). This "staged left ventricle recruitment" (SLVR) strategy uses the existing standard single-ventricle treatment for HLHS and additional procedures to spur the body's capacity for healing and growth and encourage the small left ventricle in these children to grow and function.

Boston Children’s surgeons pilot expandable prosthetic valves for children with congenital heart disease
October 2, 2012

Pedro J. del Nido, MD, and his team have successfully implanted a modified version of an expandable prosthetic heart valve in several children with mitral valve disease. Read more...

Tight Blood Sugar Control Won't Help Babies After Heart Surgery
September 7, 2012

Healthday News and also reported by MedPage Today
Michael Agus, MD, interviewed.

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