In collaboration with HealthONE Center for Maternal Fetal Health, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) made headlines last month for giving a pair of twins a chance at life before they were even born. For the first-time ever, pediatric surgeons at the HCA-affiliated hospital performed a rare fetal procedure for one of the most dangerous conditions you’ve likely never heard of – Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome is an unpredictable condition that affects identical twins who share the same placenta. TTTS happens when abnormal blood vessels within the placenta cause an imbalance of blood… Read more.
Remember the Wrigley’s Doublemint gum commercial ads of the 80s and 90s? It featured sets of real life twins and the popular slogan, “Double Your Pleasure®, Double Your Fun™.” Well, nothing is surer than that for identical twin sisters Kelli Wall and Kerri Bunker, who have proved time and again, two is better than one. The 36-year old twins recently delivered their second set of doubles weeks apart at HCA-affiliate Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, Utah. This time around Wall had a boy and a girl, while Bunker delivered twin boys. It was a déjà vu delivery for the hospital… Read more.
Lead poisoning may not have been a condition in the forefront of our minds…until the public health crisis in Flint, Michigan happened. There, thousands of children potentially have been exposed to high levels of lead from the contamination of the city’s water supply. So, what is lead poisoning? And what should parents know? Dr. Reginald Washington, Chief Medical Officer for HCA-affiliate Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children – a system of six hospitals in Denver, Colo., recently sat down for a Q&A to educate our readers on the sources, symptoms, treatment and prevention for lead exposure. What is lead exposure? The… Read more.
With the popularity of babymoons – a last romantic getaway before the arrival of a new baby – and the quick spreading, mosquito-borne Zika virus causing outbreaks in many vacation destinations, what should expectant mothers know? Dr. Kelly Culpepper, an OBGYN at our Medical City Dallas Hospital, sat down to talk about the Zika virus and pregnancy risks, signs and symptoms and give her advice to pregnant patients considering travel to Zika-affected areas. Visit our HCA North Texas blog for more pregnancy tips and information for moms and mom-to-be.
When Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, FL. prepared to open its new Pediatric ICU, officials knew they wanted parents and children to see all the services that would be offered. Trouble is, they didn’t want to scare the children as they walked through what can be an intimidating place.