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Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

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

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 hernia, a condition that prevents proper development of the lungs.

A risky journey and a happy ending

Mandie Cokley cradles her son Matthew, who underwent surgery for congenital diaphragmatic hernia at Shands Hospital for Children. 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 couple was…

Growing up

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 hernia during his 34th week of gestation. Half of his left diaphragm, a muscle under the lung…

Talbert lecture features expert in congenital diaphragmatic hernia treatment

Charles J.H. Stolar, M.D., surgeon-in-chief and director of pediatric surgery at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, was this year’s guest speaker at The James Lewis Talbert Lectureship and Mini-Symposium Program on March 25. Talbert, a professor emeritus and founding chief of the division of pediatric surgery, joined…