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Family travels from Russia to UF for baby’s lifesaving surgery

Family travels from Russia to UF for baby’s lifesaving surgery

Sep 18th, 2012

David Kays, M.D., a pediatric surgeon at UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, treated Russian mom Elena Akmanova’s newborn, Eva, after the baby was diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic […]

Olivia Salinas, 3, has Pompe disease. She recently received a diaphragm pacemaker to help her breathe on her own.

Another chance for Olivia

Aug 15th, 2012

Watching a Barney DVD in her bed, Olivia Salinas looks like a typical preschooler, except for the tracheostomy tube in her neck. But the 3-year-old girl from Tampa made history […]

Breathing Free Again

Breathing Free Again

Jan 13th, 2012

It was a week of firsts for 8-year-old Brian Stanzione — first plane ride, first stay in a hotel and first visit to Florida. But Brian was not flying from […]

A risky journey and a happy ending

A risky journey and a happy ending

Oct 3rd, 2011

Mandie and Robert Cokley and their son Patrick piled into their Lincoln Navigator on April 15 and began the 2,400-mile drive from their home in Bakersfield, Calif. to Gainesville. The […]

Growing up

Growing up

Aug 20th, 2011

Underneath Jim Beau Reinhardt’s left lung, a synthetic patch stitched into place is helping him breathe. Jim Beau, who will turn 2 in November, was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic […]