A New Heart
Jada Christian wasn’t supposed to live, according to the literature. Her heart’s structure and electrical rhythm were abnormal. Thanks to a team of doctors and nurses at Le Bonheur, Jada underwent a complicated, but successful 10-hour heart transplant last spring. Today, she’s a happy, healthy 1-year-old who’s defied all odds.
Pediatric researchers with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital have found a promising new approach for treating the flu by targeting cell metabolism rather than the virus. A drug designed to decrease tumor volume also works to dial down viral production and has dramatically increased survival of flu-infected mice.
In medical school, Ajay Talati, MD, was immediately drawn to pediatrics and neonatology. He enjoyed knowing the positive impact he could have on a person’s life at such an early age. As Le Bonheur’s new chief of Neonatology and vice chair of Education, Talati is able to follow his passion of helping children and leaving a lasting, positive impact on their lives.
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Frederick Boop, MD, has fought for improved survival rates for many of the pediatric brain tumors he treats in his in his 30-year career. For most, he has witnessed great success. But for one particularly aggressive type of tumor – pediatric glioblastoma – outcomes remain bleak. He’s joined forces with researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to find answers.