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Learn about the ways Duke pediatric specialists use medical and surgical advances to treat children of all ages. Read the stories of brave children being treated for a range of conditions from common injuries to rare diseases.

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Duke Heart Surgeons Perform First Pediatric Heart Transplant of its Kind in the U.S.
Duke Heart Surgeons Perform First Pediatric Heart Transplant of its Kind in the U.S.

Duke surgeons successfully performed the first "donation after circulatory death” (DCD) heart transplant in a pediatric patient in the U.S. The transplant team ...

EOS Imaging Reduces Radiation Exposure for Children with Scoliosis
EOS Imaging Reduces Radiation Exposure for Children with Scoliosis

Children with scoliosis require frequent X-rays to check their progress and monitor their growth. Over time, that can mean a lot of exposure to radiation. Fort ...

Teenage Soccer Player Back on the Field After ACL Reconstruction at Duke
Teenage Soccer Player Back on the Field After ACL Reconstruction at Duke

If there’s one thing 13-year-old Mike Greeson is passionate about, it’s soccer. So when a mid-game collision with another player left him with a torn ACL, he w ...

Child with a Rare Genetic Disorder Is Full of Spunk After a Kidney Transplant at Duke
Child with a Rare Genetic Disorder Is Full of Spunk After a Kidney Transplant at Duke

A few weeks before Gunner Hart was born, his parents learned that he had a rare genetic disease that could cause irreparable damage to his kidneys, liver, and ...

Treating Sports Injuries in Children: What Parents Need to Know
Treating Sports Injuries in Children: What Parents Need to Know

Duke orthopaedic surgeon Kendall Bradley, MD, treats sports injuries in children and adolescents. In this Q&A she offers helpful information for parents lookin ...

Kidney Transplant Gives Child with Chronic Kidney Disease a Normal Childhood
Kidney Transplant Gives Child with Chronic Kidney Disease a Normal Childhood

Born with just one, poorly functioning kidney, Abrielle Barber faced significant challenges in her first five years of life, including getting nutrition from a ...

A Flu Vaccine Protects Mom, Fetus, and Infant
A Flu Vaccine Protects Mom, Fetus, and Infant

If you’re already pregnant or plan to be, it’s important to get a flu vaccine every year. Geeta Swamy, MD, a Duke perinatologist, said the annual immunization ...

Is Myopia Treatment Right for Your Child?
Is Myopia Treatment Right for Your Child?

Myopia -- or nearsightedness -- used to mean thick glasses, contact lenses, and progressively worse vision. But that may be changing. Duke Health pediatric opt ...

Stem Cell Transplant Restores Little Girl’s Future
Stem Cell Transplant Restores Little Girl’s Future

A rare genetic disorder threatened Charlee Rae Gribble’s life. Then a stem cell transplant at Duke Children’s Hospital gave her family a reason to look forward ...

Chest Pain in Children and Adolescents
Chest Pain in Children and Adolescents

Chest pain is a common complaint in children and adolescents. Chest pain is often perceived as “heart pain” both to children and their parents, and it can caus ...

Growth Plates: What You Need to Know
Growth Plates: What You Need to Know

What are growth plates and why are they so important? Here's what you need to know.

A Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Cures Boy with Rare Genetic Disease
A Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Cures Boy with Rare Genetic Disease

Sebastian Sancho seemed perfectly healthy when he was born in the spring of 2012. Within two months, however, he was diagnosed with chronic granulomatous disea ...