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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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Nasoalveolar Molding Corrects Cleft Lip and Palate with Fewer Surgeries
Nasoalveolar Molding Corrects Cleft Lip and Palate with Fewer Surgeries

If your child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, a customized orthodontic device called nasoalveolar molding (NAM) can help correct your child’s cleft. ...

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 ...

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

Without treatment, a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) can be deadly within the first few days of life. A baby with HLHS, s ...

Repairing Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate with Fewer Surgeries
Repairing Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate with Fewer Surgeries

When Jack Stroud was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, his parents were prepared. Their son’s birth defect was detected during a pregnancy ultrasound, wh ...

Life After Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery
Life After Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery

As a child, Faith Newsome of Sanford, NC, struggled with feeling different from her peers because of her weight. By the time she was 15, she weighed 273 pounds ...

Young Boy with Moebius Syndrome Smiles After Surgery
Young Boy with Moebius Syndrome Smiles After Surgery

Colton Southern had plenty to smile about after surgery last year. In fact, it was the first time in the eight-year-old boy’s life that he was able to show how ...

What Are Hemangiomas?
What Are Hemangiomas?

Parents frequently ask about strawberry marks or hemangiomas in their infants and children – will they stay? – will they grow? – will they go away? Jane Bell ...

Toddler Thrives after Endoscopic Craniosynostosis Surgery
Toddler Thrives after Endoscopic Craniosynostosis Surgery

When an observant pediatrician told April Longmire and Mike Stone of Louisburg, NC that there were some irregularities in their infant’s skull, they were insta ...

Fighting Neuroblastoma Like a Superhero
Fighting Neuroblastoma Like a Superhero

VG stands for Vomit Girl, the superhero that Sarah Smith created in her mind when she was a young child undergoing numerous rounds of chemotherapy to treat neu ...

Eleven-Year-Old Boy Receives Kidney for Christmas at Duke
Eleven-Year-Old Boy Receives Kidney for Christmas at Duke

After battling kidney disease his entire young life, 11-year-old Kaleek Beatty got the best present he could ask for, just five days before Christmas 2016. Duk ...

On the Trail of Unknown Diseases
On the Trail of Unknown Diseases

It wasn't until Quinn was about five months old that his parents, Liz Aronin and Jamie Mills, suspected something wasn't quite right. At an age when most child ...

Experimental Cord Blood Therapy for Autism Studied
Experimental Cord Blood Therapy for Autism Studied

Although additional research is needed, scientists at Duke Health are reporting results from a small, early-stage study of an experimental autism therapy for c ...