Stories of Getting Better from the Breathing Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado


Anna: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Research

As an infant, Anna stayed in the NICU for six months due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and is now participating in a clinical trial to help find a vaccine to prevent RSV.

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Charlie: New Hope for Cystic Fibrosis

Ten-year-old Charlie Meserve suffers from cystic fibrosis (CF). But with the help of a new drug and the discovery of a bacterium found only in CF patients, patients like Charlie may experience improved lung function and quality of life.

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Alexa: Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension

In 1992, a newborn baby girl is diagnosed with persistent pulmonary hypertension and survives against odds when given an experimental treatment at Children's Hospital Colorado. Sixteen years later, that baby girl is now a healthy and active teenager. Thanks to her participation in the experimental treatment, babies with this condition are now able to survive.

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Lariah: A Rare Lung Disease

Dr. Robin Deterding has a passion for caring for children with complex lung problems, like Lariah, an infant born with a rare lung condition. Lariah has made tremendous progress as a result of Dr. Deterding's medical expertise and dedication to helping kids.

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Cash: Cash overcomes a life-threatening staph pneumonia infection

Cash Lamar was a typical, healthy 8-year-old boy from Crested Butte, Colorado. But when he came down with the flu in late January 2012 that progressed into a rare staph-pneumonia infection (an infection that leads to severe respiratory failure and has a very low survival rate), everything changed.

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Gabriel: Small Lungs, Big Smile

Gabriel was diagnosed with with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) when he was just 11-months-old. Olivia, Gabriel's mother, relied on Children's Colorado at Parker Adventist Hospital for her baby's care. During their five day stay the nurses check in on her to make sure "mom was okay" as well as care for little Gabriel.

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Dylan : Taking the FIGHT to Cystic Fibrosis

Thanks to a revolutionary medication, Dylan Stellar —a 6-year-old with cystic fibrosis — has made remarkable progress. Two years ago, Dylan was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), a rare genetic condition that causes mucus to build up and impact the function of vital organs, such as the lungs or pancreas.

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Benjamin: The World's Strongest Little Boy

Shortly after he was born, Benjamin developed a condition where a newborn's circulatory system doesn't transfer from its fetal circulation (in other words, his lungs weren't taking air). Dr. Kinsella from Children's Hospital Colorado worked for four days to save the child's life and get his lungs properly functioning.

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Bryan : Courageously Defying the Odds While Inspiring Others

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