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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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Monthly Support Helps Kids Cope When Parents Have Cancer
Monthly Support Helps Kids Cope When Parents Have Cancer

When David Wilkie of Smithfield was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in October 2021, he and his wife, Jessica, didn’t know how they were going to tell their ...

Advances in Norwood Procedure Lower Risk in Babies with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
Advances in Norwood Procedure Lower Risk in Babies with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

A new approach developed by Duke surgeons for a risky pediatric heart surgery increases patient survival by almost 10%, according to a recently published study ...

Common Injuries in Youth Sports
Common Injuries in Youth Sports

Physical activity is important for a healthy lifestyle, and organized sports can help develop life skills such as communication, teamwork, and responsibility. ...

Sports Physicals for Teen Athletes
Sports Physicals for Teen Athletes

Does your child need a sports physical? If they plan to work out with their high school team this fall, participate in a fall sport, or try out for a sport any ...

Mom’s Selfless Liver Donation Saves Her Baby from a Serious Disease
Mom’s Selfless Liver Donation Saves Her Baby from a Serious Disease

When King Hibbler was born in March 2021, he appeared healthy aside from jaundice, a common condition in newborns that often resolves on its own. Neither docto ...

World’s First Heart Transplant, Cultured Thymus Implantation Performed at Duke
World’s First Heart Transplant, Cultured Thymus Implantation Performed at Duke

Duke pediatric heart and immunology experts performed the world’s first combined heart transplant and cultured thymus tissue implantation in a child born with ...

How to Evaluate a Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Program
How to Evaluate a Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Program

Congenital heart defects are present at birth. These structural defects may require surgery to fix. So how do you find the best care? Here’s what you need to k ...

Duke Performing Arts Health Program Helps Injured Young Dancer Return to Competition
Duke Performing Arts Health Program Helps Injured Young Dancer Return to Competition

Kayla Montgomery was 14 years old when a hamstring injury nearly sidelined her from a 2021 dance competition. Her mom, Kristen, took her to the Duke Performing ...

A Stem Cell Transplant at Duke Changes Future for Baby with Life-Threatening Genetic Disease
A Stem Cell Transplant at Duke Changes Future for Baby with Life-Threatening Genetic Disease

When Everett McNaughton was born, he loved to eat and cuddle, said his mother, Morgan McNaughton. No one suspected that he had a rare genetic disorder called s ...

When Kids and Teens Don’t Sleep
When Kids and Teens Don’t Sleep

We spend one-third of our lives sleeping to help us be alert and active during the other two-thirds. People who sleep less may experience a range of issues, an ...

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 ...