Neurosurgeon Kurtis Auguste, MD, was interviewed by KGO-TV (channel 7) about two boys who came into Children's Hospital Oakland the same day with identical, life-threatening brain injuries caused by bumps on the head.
"Identical brain injuries bond boys "
(KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA © 5/5/09)
Children's Hospital Oakland's Kurtis Auguste, MD, of Neurosurgery, was featured in this amazing story of coincidence and survival. In January, 15-year-old Jordan Van Groningen and 10-year-old Nick Thompson came into the hospital with identical brain injuries: life-threatening bumps on the head that caused bleeding between the brain and skull. They were rushed into surgery one after the other and their lives were saved. Both the boys and their families bonded over the shared experience. Pamela Orren, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Hematology/Oncology, was also featured in the story. You can check out the story by clicking the link above ( please note, story plays after brief Chevron commercial).
"Children's Hospital releases handheld chem lab "
(KTVU Televison, San Francisco, CA © 4/24/09)
This news report highlighted Children's Hospital Oakland's new "laboratory on a card" technology that allows for efficient blood analysis. Children's is the first pediatric hospital in the country to use this cutting edge technology, and it took a team of people to modify the equipment for pediatric use. David Durand, MD, director of Neonatology, Katie Sabato, MSRRT, clinical manager of Respiratory Care, Dolia Horton-Butler, RRT, clinical coordinator of Respiratory Care, and newborn Andreas Heredia were featured in this story. Check out the story by clicking the link above (please note, story follows commercial and you'll need to click play a second time).
"Inspirational boy fulfills promise to donate hair"
(KGO-TV, San Frnacisco, CA © 4/22/09; KNTV Televison, San Jose, CA © 4/22/09; KDTV Televison, San Francisco, CA © 4/22/09)
Angel Carrisosa, a 7-year-old Children's Hospital Oakland Craniofacial patient, finally got the chance to shave his head for kids with cancer. Angel's father was robbed and killed the day of March's St. Baldrick's fundraiser. Despite this horrific event, Angel was determined to shave his 2-feet of hair and donate it to Locks of Love. Crystal Gariano of Neurosurgery, Carole Reilly, RN, of Craniofacial, and Ana Morales of the Foundation, all of whom were instrumental in planning the event, were featured on the news. Patrick Wong, PA-C, of Neurosurgery, who handled the electric razor, and Joe Torkildson, MD, of Hematology/Oncology were also featured. You can check out KGO-TV's report by clicking the link above.
"Rare disease treatment could deliver AIDS breakthrough"
(KTVU Televison, San Francisco, CA © 4/1/09)
Caroline Hastings, MD, of Hematology/Oncology, won FDA approval to use a sugar compound to treat a rare neuro-degenerative condition called Niemann Pick Type C Disorder, also known as "Childhood Alzheimer's." Five-year-old twins Addi and Cassi Hempel of Reno will be the first in the United States to receive infusions of the compound. Coincidentally, the compound, cyclodextrin, may also prevent AIDS. Please click the link above to watch the story.
"Is the 'family bed' for you?"
(Bay Area Parent, San Jose, CA © April 2009)
Dayna Long, MD, of Primary Care was featured in this article about co-sleeping. Dr. Long said that many parents equate sharing the"family bed" with bonding, however bonding will happen regardless of sleep arrangements as long as a child is raised in a loving environment.