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  • Procedure Promotes Bone Growth And Lengthens A Child’s Shorter Leg

    09/20/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

    Donna Morris has one thing to say about the limb-lengthening surgery performed to help equalize the length of her son’s legs. “Nobody says it’s going to be easy, but it’s worth it.” Her son Samuel was born with a condition called fibular hemimelia, which would have caused his right leg to be significantly shorter than his left by adulthood. In April, George Gantsoudes,…

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  • Samuel Morris just had his eighth birthday. His right leg was recently lengthened in a surgery performed by Dr. George Gantsoudes.

    Surgeon Treats Children Whose Limbs Are Uneven

    09/18/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

    Soon after eight-year-old Samuel Morris was born with a condition called fibular hemimelia, his family was encouraged to consider amputation of his right leg, which was shorter than his left and not expected to grow proportionally. “We didn’t think that was a good option if something else could be done for Samuel,” says his mother Donna Morris. Although many families choose that difficult…

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  • Butterflies and Belly Aches

    08/23/2013 | Family CarePrimary CareTreatmentsGastroenterology

    It’s a common childhood complaint: stomach ache. As a parent, it can be frustrating to know whether it’s just part of growing up, or if it’s a more serious disease or issue with abdominal organs. So when should you call the doctor about your child’s stomach ache? Here’s what you need to know about possible causes of abdominal pain, how to help your child deal with the…

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  • Through the Eyes of the vonDielen-Curtis Fellow in Craniofacial Surgery

    08/06/2013 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Dr. Michael Friel was the vonDeilen-Curtis Fellow in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery for 2012-2013. Here are his thoughts as he completed his year of training at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. In selecting a program for subspecialty training in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery, I focused on a few key critical elements. First and foremost, the people involved…

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  • Cleft and Craniofacial Program receives funds, volunteer support from DEFENDER Direct

    07/05/2013 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    The Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health recently received $1000 and volunteer support from DEFENDER Direct and it’s employees as part of the company’s annual Service Challenge. In it’s second year, Indianapolis-based DEFENDER Direct encourages its employees to develop teams, identify a deserving charity and conduct a half or full-day community…

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  • Complex Care for Unexpected Childhood Injuries

    06/13/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

    When it comes to unexpected childhood injuries, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health provides the highest level of care available. That’s what 11-year-old Kaleigh Newlin learned after an afternoon of sledding in January 2011, with her dad and brother ended with a broken tibia and fibula, the two long bones of the calf. X-rays showed a severe break, one an orthopedic surgeon…

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  • Specialty Doctors for Special Patients

    06/12/2013 | TreatmentsDiabetes & Endocrinology

    When Ryan Daines’s parents realized he had type I diabetes, they took him straight to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Ryan’s dad, Robert, an EMT/firefighter, and mom, Suzette, a school nurse, had the medical training to know he needed a specialty doctor. “We knew he needed to be at Riley Hospital for Children,” says Robert. It didn’t take long…

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  • Leading the Way in Pediatric Gastroenterology

    06/11/2013 | TreatmentsGastroenterology

    Quality care starts with the patient-doctor relationship. That’s what Allie Feldman and her family discovered when she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of four. Crohn’s disease an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. Prior to her diagnosis, a long line of doctors had examined Allie, run extensive tests and conducted…

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  • Riley Hospital Trauma Survivor and Coach Pagano To Make Big Indy 500 Entrance

    05/23/2013 | TreatmentsTrauma

    Few kids can brag they get to meet Colts head coach, Chuck Pagano. But fly with him in a helicopter to the Indy 500? Yea right. Yet that’s precisely what 12-year-old Willie Avila will do. On Sunday, May 26, the bespectacled pre-teen will join coach Pagano aboard an IU Health LifeLine helicopter, soar above Indianapolis and land at the famed track. After taking a lap in an official pace car, Willie…

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  • Meet Our Roving Reporter

    05/02/2013 | CommunityEventsTreatmentsHeart

    Riley Patient Bailey Hunsberger Will Bring Us All the Action, Live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway When the Indy 500 takes off on May 26, Bailey Hunsberger will already be a regular behind the scenes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bailey, a Junior at Indiana University studying microbiology, will act as Roving Reporter from Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, interviewing drivers, taking…

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