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Kashen in a red wagon

Kashton’s Story

Jun 20th, 2019

When a fall left Kashton with severe burns, UF Health pediatric surgeons provided the specialized care he needed to get back on his feet…

Burn survivor resumes life as an active teenager

Mar 2nd, 2017

Tyrone Crawford Jr. loves sports. Coming from an athletic family, the Tallahassee teenager played his first football game at age 6. It was a passion that would continue through his […]

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 […]