On the mark

Published On 08/10/2016

Reshaping care for vascular anomalies

A birthmark, Sawyer Dembicky's parents thought, or maybe bruising from labor and delivery. By the time Sawyer was 5 weeks old, the lesion had swollen, and a hard lump had begun to develop under her skin. Luckily, Le Bonheur's team of specialists were in place and ready to save Sawyer's eyesight.

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Case Study: Sawyer Dembicky

By the time Sawyer Dembicky visited her pediatrician for her 6-week checkup, the facial hemangioma that was present at birth had drastically grown in size.

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Case Study: Cody Mitchell

Cody was 8 years old when a small lump the size of a pencil eraser first showed up on the inside corner of his left eye. By 2015, the lesion was starting to grow and was beginning to hinder his vision.

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Case Study: Eisleigh Bennett

Eisleigh was diagnosed with a lymphangioma in utero at 32 weeks old. After she was born, her family followed up with the Vascular Anomalies Clinic.

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When Le Bonheur celebrated the hard-earned honor of achieving the ANCC Magnet designation this spring, they reveled in more than just a badge they could hang on the wall. The real win for Le Bonheur and its families: improved evidence-based practices, more highly trained and educated nurses and a more deliberate approach to quality improvement that improved outcomes for patients. 

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When Umar Boston, MD, talks about his plans for building Le Bonheur Children's Hospital's heart transplant program, he is grateful that children suffering fro heart failure can undergo heart transplantation here in Memphis without having to travel to other parts of the country. That dream is what led him back to Le Bonheur.

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Bethany and Jonathan Chu never wanted Le Bonheur Children's palliative care team to visit their twin daughters' hospital room. Bethany and Jonathan said the team "felt like the angels of death." But those fears quickly subsided. The Chus benefited from Le Bonheur's growing program, called Threads of Care, which helps guide families through their child's extended hospital stays.

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Having a son with multiple, life-threatening conditions, the Marcuzzos make the nearly 30-minute trip from their suburban home to Le Bonheur almost every month. After Le Bonheur opened its new pediatric units inside Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital in early 2016, the Marcuzzos rested easier knowing Le Bonheur doctors are now only a few minutes away.

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Slow, deep breathing positively influences cognition, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and the University of Memphis. Understanding the link between respiration and brain activity will be beneficial for patients with neurological disorders such as epilepsy.

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