Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health Articles

SaDeria Cheatem

10/21/2013 | Transplant

We often say that people who are especially kind have big hearts. In the case of SaDeria Cheatem, this statement applied to her from birth, not only because of her sweetness but also in a more literal way. SaDeria was born with an enlarged heart. Her heart also had a hole in the left ventricle. In order…

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Annika Wampler

10/21/2013 | Transplant

The remarkable story of Annika Wampler stems not from an organ transplant, but instead from the doctors' ability to help her avoid an organ transplant. As a baby, a large tumor formed in Annika's abdomen, but the attempts to shrink the tumor through chemotherapy proved fruitless. After these…

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Ramonie Smith

10/21/2013 | Transplant

When she was only 20 months old, Ramonie Smith was diagnosed with a rare immune system disorder. This disease, called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), has no cure and experts are unaware of the cause. Despite the efforts that her family and the hospital took to treat the FSGS, it caused her…

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Patrick Heles

10/21/2013 | Sleep Disorders

Internet chats with friends, a late sports practice, a good book, a new video game, an important test the next day ... so goes the list of reasons teenagers may not get enough sleep. Patrick Heles was one of those sleepless teens - but not for any of the above reasons. Pat tried everything to get some…

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Nate Foster

10/21/2013 | Pediatrics

Nate is just nine years old but is already becoming bilingual in English and Mandarin. Nate also takes Tae Kwon Do lessons and is able to compete and excel with no restrictions in a sport he loves. His mother, Tiffaney, is not only impressed with her son’s educational and recreational progress,…

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Katie Turner

10/18/2013 | Pediatrics

Katie had been in the world for just an hour when Seymour doctors made arrangements for her to undergo treatment at Riley Hospital for Children. Born with one of the most common birth defects, Katie had a unilateral cleft lip and palate. “A cleft lip and cleft palate usually form in early pregnancy…

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Shayla Giese

04/24/2013 | Transplant

Drive by Edwards County High School in Albion, Ill., on prom night and it’s a lot like being at the Academy Awards—Midwest style. Crowds of parents, friends and neighbors from the tiny community line the driveway to the school for what’s known as The Grand March, a red-carpet welcome…

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Josh Hatton

11/24/2012 | Nephrology & Kidney DiseasesTransplant

Ask Josh Hatton, a growing 14-year-old high school freshman, about his favorite foods and cheese tops his list. Mac and cheese, grilled cheese, pizza — they’re staples in the diet of the healthy, active Pittsboro, Ind., teen. “I love cheese,” Josh says, “It’s definitely…

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Stephanie Birdsall

01/24/2012 | Transplant

Stephanie Birdsall knew something was terribly wrong when she woke one morning feeling so physically tired she could barely lift her head off the pillow. As a mother of three working fulltime as a pharmaceutical sales representative, stamina and high energy were her everyday tools for keeping their family…

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Whitney Carroll

09/21/2011 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Look at a list of 17-year-old Whitney Carroll’s achievements and there’s no doubt that she’s not shy about taking on a challenge. You can’t be when your class load includes honors and advanced placement classes, and your “free time” includes endless hours in a pool,…

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