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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 Program Helps Families Talk About Parent’s Cancer
Duke Program Helps Families Talk About Parent’s Cancer

Seth Cuni, a single dad, lived with tongue cancer for months without telling his two young children. “I decided this is my problem, and I can do this alone. We ...

Does Your Child Snore? When to See a Doctor
Does Your Child Snore? When to See a Doctor

If your child snores, don’t ignore it. Consistent snoring in children can be a sign that they're not breathing well at night. This can reduce the quality of yo ...

Duke Pediatric Heart Surgeons Perform World’s First Partial Heart Transplant
Duke Pediatric Heart Surgeons Perform World’s First Partial Heart Transplant

Owen Monroe was only 17 days old when he became the world’s first partial heart transplant recipient. The revolutionary surgery was performed in April 2022 by ...

Young Man Gets Driver’s License After Epilepsy Surgery Eliminates Seizures
Young Man Gets Driver’s License After Epilepsy Surgery Eliminates Seizures

Hampstead, NC native Harvey Squires was diagnosed with epilepsy at 14 years old. As his seizures worsened, Harvey’s parents sought care for him from doctors ac ...

Domino Heart Transplant Offers New Opportunities for Children with Congenital Heart Disease
Domino Heart Transplant Offers New Opportunities for Children with Congenital Heart Disease

When three-month-old Asher Hobby needed a heart transplant, his parents eagerly agreed to help to save another life at the same time. In June 2023 at Duke Heal ...

What Are Hemangiomas?
What Are Hemangiomas?

Parents frequently ask questions about strawberry marks -- called hemangiomas -- in their infants and children Will they stay? Will they grow? Will they go awa ...

Hemispherectomy Cures Epilepsy in Young Girl, Now Thriving
Hemispherectomy Cures Epilepsy in Young Girl, Now Thriving

Ela Allam was diagnosed with epilepsy at age three and started taking anti-seizure medications. As Ela grew, her seizures became more frequent and more dangero ...

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

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

Teen Plans for Future After Vertebral Body Tethering Corrects Scoliosis
Teen Plans for Future After Vertebral Body Tethering Corrects Scoliosis

Ausley Rudd was diagnosed with scoliosis as a child. The condition worsened as she grew until surgery was needed to stop her spine’s worsening curvature. Rathe ...

Why Seeing a Sports Medicine Primary Care Physician Is Important for Young Athletes
Why Seeing a Sports Medicine Primary Care Physician Is Important for Young Athletes

If your child experiences sport-related pain or injury, an appointment with a sports medicine primary care physician may be the best option for getting them ba ...

Early Hearing Aid Helps Toddler Meet Communication Milestones
Early Hearing Aid Helps Toddler Meet Communication Milestones

Holly VanHorn was surprised to learn her newborn daughter Nessa needed a hearing aid. As an audiologist at Duke Health, VanHorn has been helping kids with hear ...

Duke Children’s Hospital Is Ranked No. 1 in North Carolina
Duke Children’s Hospital Is Ranked No. 1 in North Carolina

Duke Children’s is ranked among the top 50 children's hospitals nationally in 10 specialties by U.S. News & World Report and retained its position at No. 1 in ...