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With the start of the Dr. Bill Neches Heart Camp for Kids today, we want to highlight a patient from our Heart Institute. Luke Ziegler, started his journey at Children’s at only a few hours old, undergoing a surgical procedure to repair his heart, then requiring open heart surgery at 13 years old. He is still a patient to this day, having appointments twice a year.

Afterwards, Luke found out about Heart Camp, the first camp in the nation dedicated solely to children with heart disease. He attended as a camper for two years, then volunteered as junior counselor and later a senior counselor, and still volunteers at camp till this day. He is looking forward to going back today for the start of camp and celebrating its 25th anniversary!

Luke, now 21 years old, still gives back to Children’s. He is currently a volunteer at the hospital year-round and has given over 250 hours, since he started in September 2013. He is currently helping out one day a week on our cardiology floor and the cardiac intensive care unit. He is taking classes at Pitt and wants to pursue a career in medicine. Learn more about his journey in our blog post today!
By Luke Ziegler, Heart Institute patient and volunteer at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC At less than one day old, I was flying through the sky on the way to Children’s Hospital of Pitts...
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As we celebrate ‪#‎DonateLife‬ Month in April, read about Elias’ journey to Pittsburgh for care at the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital.
By Amber Fosler, mother to Elias Fosler When my husband and I welcomed our first child, Elias, 5 weeks early, we were terrified. He was a strong 6 pounds and despite developing jaundice, he was hea...
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“Allowing children to safely explore and express their hospitalization through creative experiences are some of the moments I love most.”

Hear more from our first art therapist at Children’s, Katie O’Connor, and the experiences she gets to have on a daily basis with our patients and families through art.
By Katie O’Connor, MA, CCLS, Art Therapist, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Some people are so badly broken that you cannot ever fix them. A professor announced this very pragmatically du...
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Meet Stephanie and Alanna, our Child Life specialists in the Emergency Department at Children's Hospital. Learn how they support our patients and families on a daily basis! ‪#‎ChildLifeMonth‬
By Alanna Kanawalsky and Stephanie Colaberardino, Certified Child Life Specialists, Emergency Department, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC The Emergency Department (ED) at Children’s Hospi...
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Many of us are feeling the effect of winter weather on our skin, which can be especially dry at this time of year. Get some basic advice to help with dry skin this season from Dr. Robin Gehris, chief of Pediatric Dermatology, at Children's.
By Robin P. Gehris, MD, FAAD, FAAP, chief, Pediatric Dermatology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC The good news is that we are more than halfway through winter! The bad news is that in Pi...
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New Blog Post! The Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program at Children’s Hospital Enjoys a Weekend Off from #Cancer!
By Peter Shaw, MD, clinical director of Oncology, and director, Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC We recognized 10 years ago that oncology...
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. In today's blog post, hear from Heather L. McCauley, ScD, from the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's, on strategies for talking to teens about sexual assault.
By: Heather L. McCauley, ScD; Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. And the bad n...
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Emily, a patient at Children’s, was required to do a senior project for her high school graduation. She wanted to support Down Syndrome Awareness, so she decided to create handmade bracelets and sell them to family and friends.

The proceeds, which totaled around $1,200, were used to purchase 120 children’s books on topics such as colors, numbers, and the alphabet and were donated to our Down Syndrome Center. Thanks, Emily!
Emily Pratt, a patient at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, was required to do a senior project for her high school graduation and wanted to support Down Syndrome Awareness, so she decided...
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The Child Life Department at Children’s has developed a room that incorporates many interactive elements that give kids the chance to use all of their senses in a room that is both fun and therapeutic. Learn more about our new Sensory Room! 
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Check out our series of eight short videos about managing your child's #asthma. From knowing how to use a spacer correctly, to the difference between “rescue” and “controller” medications, we have the information you need! www.chp.edu/asthmavideos
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More than 100 people from 14 states were reported to have measles in January and the number continues to grow. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most of these cases are part of an ongoing, multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. The majority of the people who got measles were unvaccinated. While 100 people seems small, it is more than we have seen in years. What should you and your family know about measles? Check out our blog post today from experts at Children's Hospital and Children's Community Pediatrics. #measles  
By Dr. Sharon Cowden, CCP–Pittsburgh Pediatrics; Dr. Michael Green, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital; and Dr. Marian Michaels, Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease...
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The Transport Team at Children’s Hospital transports patients daily from throughout the region and across the country, but in March 2014, they embarked on their longest transport yet - to Osaka University Hospital in Japan. 

The team transported 15 month old Sumika, who was in need of a heart transplant due to her battle with congenital cardiomyopathy, an inherited heart disorder that can be fatal. Watch her transplant journey. #transplant
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Dear Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC,
We need help, suggestion, or anything for my son with Criggler Najjar Syndrome, the doctor ask to us for liver transplant.
We live in Indonesia.
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Yudha
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Regionally, nationally, and globally, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is a leader in the treatment of childhood conditions and diseases, a pioneer in the development of new and improved therapies, and a top educator of the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. Children’s Hospital has fulfilled this mission since its founding in 1890. Children’s is named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric hospitals, including ranking 7th among children’s hospitals and schools of medicine (FY 2012) in funding for pediatric research provided by the National Institutes of Health, and is one of 10 pediatric hospitals in the United States named to U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of America’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” for 2014-2015.