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February 14, 2014

Hope for Elijah

3-year-old boy Elijah Smith had 13 surgeries in his first 2 years of life to correct lymphatic malformations. If left untreated these malformations would have caused him serious problems in breathing, eating and speaking.

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Eric Elbogen

October 22, 2013

Veterans who mismanage money four times more likely to become homeless

Money mismanagement predicts higher odds of future homelessness, regardless of a veteran’s income or mental health.

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October 16, 2013

Kaden Gray Robinson: The Boy with the Servant’s Heart

A 10-year-old Chapel Hill boy uses his passion for helping others to nourish the bodies and souls of patients and families who stay at SECU Family House.

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June 25, 2013

Hearing Grayson’s story around the world

Much of the world was fascinated late last week with the story and video footage of Grayson Clamp hearing for the first time. Grayson is a 3-year-old patient from Charlotte who is the first at UNC Hospitals, and among the first in the U.S., to receive an auditory brain stem implant as part of an FDA-approved trial. Watch and read just a few pieces of the coverage of Grayson's incredible story.

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Miraiam eating lunch

June 19, 2013

Afghan girl departs for home after heart surgery at UNC

A North Carolina nonprofit organization and a UNC Hospitals volunteer partnered to bring an 8-year-old girl with congenital heart problems to UNC for medical treatment.

Cardiology, Heart Health, Treatment, UNC Stories

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June 19, 2013

Vicky’s Story Part 3: The Catalyst

I loved the meeting because everything you had to do was laid out and explained from day 1. I understood the need to see a variety of doctors during the pre-surgery phase, the need to gather information from my family doctor justifying why I needed the surgery, documenting what I had done in the past to try to lose the weight. I actually could envision increasing my odds of getting to spend more time with my family, and in particular, with my granddaughters. This picture of 4 of our 5 granddaughters is the major catalyst for clinching my decision to have the surgery. I wanted to be around to watch them mature as they blossomed into beautiful young women!

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June 3, 2013

Vicky’s Story Part 2: Fears and Phobias

Living life as a very large person can be quite daunting. I was afraid of many things including how I was being perceived by my friends, family, and even people I didn’t know. So many questions were going through my head: could I get a job in a healthcare setting, and would I even make it through the interview process when I was so big? Were my granddaughters and other family members embarrassed to be with me? Was my husband, Steve, embarrassed to go out to dinner with me? If I did take a chance and go through with it, what if this was just another solution that did not work for me? How long would it take me to lose the weight? Despite all of my many worries, I decided to get the surgery. I had to push those fears aside and look at the root of the matter- my health and my future- and knew this what I had to do.

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Three-year-old Grayson Clamp from Charlotte

May 30, 2013

Surgical team brings hearing to 3-year-old Charlotte boy

Surgeons at UNC Health Care recently performed the first-ever auditory brain stem implant done in a child. Three-year-old Grayson Clamp from Charlotte, N.C., was born with no cochlear nerves and as a result could not hear.

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May 21, 2013

Vicky’s Story Part 1: Ruses and Excuses for My Bad Habits

For me, that’s when the weight gain started. From there it seemed like life was always centered around food and eating, because there were great memories associated with eating and entertaining. When life got hectic with the family and then with teenagers, we felt like we needed quick and easy meals because everyone was always on the run. Once I hit the point where I didn't even want to know exactly how much I actually weighed (knowing I was well over 300 lbs), I made a decision that something needed to be done to get a handle on this weight issue.

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Joseph M. Stavas

April 17, 2013

UNC doctor and daughter help victims at Boston Marathon

Joseph M. Stavas, MD, a professor of Radiology at the UNC School of Medicine, ran the Boston Marathon with his daughter, Natalie. Both were at mile marker 26 when the bombings occurred. Watch this video from the Boston Globe to see how the father-daughter team helped victims of the attack in the immediate aftermath.

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March 20, 2013

Don and Cindy Sills: Fighting Disease, Raising Awareness

A Craven County woman is diagnosed with a rare soft-tissue cancer on her 35th wedding anniversary. Together, she and her husband are raising awareness about cancer while she fights the disease.

Cancer, UNC Stories

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February 20, 2013

Nelson Corbin: Leaning Forward in the Foxhole of Life

A career U.S. Army Special Forces officer from Robeson County takes on cancer with the same toughness he uses on the battlefield. At UNC Hospitals he finds his dream team -- including his son, who lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan -- to help in the fight.

Cancer, UNC Stories

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