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In the Hackam lab (l to r), first row: Dorothy Hallberg, Chhinder Sodhi; 2nd row: Thomas Prindle, David Hackam, Peng Lu; 3rd row: William Fulton, Diego Nino, Hongpeng Jia

An Artificial Intestine for NEC Patients?

Therapy for necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, is limited to surgery that leaves patients with insufficient intestine—short bowel syndrome—and at risk of long-term complications.

 
Pediatric surgeon Sam Alaish

Saving the Child with Short Bowel

Pediatric surgeon Sam Alaish recalls this decade-old case like it happened yesterday. The 2-year-old was in shock and being rushed into the OR for an emergency laparotomy. Opening the abdominal cavity, Alaish found one of the worst cases of intestinal malrotation with midgut volvulus, he would ever see.

 
Pediatric heart surgeon Luca Vricella with patient Ally Lindsay on her first birthday

Babies Survive Heart Transplants with Non-Matching Blood Types

Alexandra Lindsay of Rockville, Md., was no stranger to heart surgery. Born on Aug. 19, 2008, with tetrology of fallot and pulmonary atresia, congenital heart conditions preventing the normal amount of blood from being pumped into the lungs, she had her first operation at 3 days of age.

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