By Ruth SchechterTuesday, November 1, 2011

Obstetrics: High Risk High Reward

When Tara Rojas of Newark decided it was time to start a family, she had a lot going against her. Type 1 diabetes had ravaged her organs, and in 2001 she had a kidney and pancreas transplant, which...
Mark ShwartzTuesday, November 1, 2011

Obstetrics: Raising the Bar

A century ago, childbirth in the United States was anything but routine. On average, complications of pregnancy took the lives of 8 women for every 1,000 births. Today in the U.S., fewer than 20...
Theresa JohnstonWednesday, May 11, 2011

Major League Effort: Cole, Lafayette

On a warm summer evening last year, 12-year-old Cole Combi of Lafayette took the mound at the Oakland Coliseum. The occasion was Donate Life Night with the A’s, and Cole—a two-time kidney transplant...
Mark ShwartzSunday, May 1, 2011

Return on Investment: Tench, Palo Alto

Targeted therapy has become a holy grail in pediatric medicine. The goal is to design new drugs that target specific molecules and genes that cause childhood disease. Targeted drugs have proven more...
Mark ShwartzSunday, May 1, 2011

A Great Place for Kids: Caitlin, San Jose

Visitors to Packard Children's Hospital may not know Caitlin Burns by name, but they’re likely to recognize her face. “Caitlin’s poster is plastered everywhere at the Hospital,” says Packard...
Jennifer YuanSunday, May 1, 2011

Giving Thanks: 20 Years of Philanthropy Transforms Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

"A children’s hospital is as good as its community wants it to be,” says Christopher Dawes, president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. “In our case, the community has spoken loud and...
Mark ShwartzSunday, May 1, 2011

Sweet Success: Lydia, Palo Alto

Lydia Lee of Palo Alto was 6 years old when she experienced the first warning signs of cancer. “I remember how it started,” she says. “It was November of 1990. I was at school, and I felt a pain in...
Mark ShwartzSunday, May 1, 2011

Care for All: Brandon, Morgan Hill

At age 10, Brandon Pride of Morgan Hill has been elected school president, competed in the Junior Olympics, and earned a brown belt in Taekwondo. Brandon’s achievements are extraordinary considering...
Theresa JohnstonSunday, May 1, 2011

Hearty Recovery: Peyton, Aspen, Colo.

Like many kids in Aspen, Colorado, Peyton learned to ski shortly after he learned to walk. He also loves ice hockey, or the preschool version of it anyway. “There’s a pond at his school,” says his...
Theresa JohnstonSunday, May 1, 2011

Rare Caliber of Care: Elise, Redwood City

Four-year-old Elise Cottonaro is a spunky little preschooler with bright eyes and swingy blonde hair. She loves to sing and dance. As for her social skills, “She’s a force to be reckoned with,” says...