Thank you for making Boston Children’s #1

The 2017-18 U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings were released this morning, and Boston Children’s Hospital has been named the #1 children’s hospital in the nation.

The U.S. News rankings are about more than just reputation. They’re based on four key elements — reputation, patient outcomes, patient safety and care-related factors such as the amount of nurse staffing and the breadth of patient services. They rely most heavily on outcomes — in other words, were we able to make a difference?

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A ‘superstar’ homecoming: Julia’s journey for bladder exstrophy care

Julia, born with bladder exstrophy, is pictured being held by her mom and dad

Julia Ryan was born on March 2, but her journey to Boston Children’s Hospital began months before her birth.

During Tori Ryan’s pregnancy, doctors near her home in South Carolina diagnosed her unborn child, Julia, with bladder exstrophy, a rare and complex birth defect where the bladder develops inside out and is exposed outside of the body.

“There were a lot of tears,” says Tori’s husband, Sean, of receiving the news about their daughter. “It was hard. We had to balance our own worry with the excitement our two older daughters felt about having a little sister.”

Their concern for their unborn baby led the Ryans to Boston Children’s. 

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A bond between sisters made stronger by scoliosis

April and Mary Miller sit outside Boston Children's Hospital where they were treated for scoliosis.

Growing up, sisters will often share many things — and not always willingly. But it’s not often they will end up sharing the same condition, one that keeps them stuck in a rigid and uncomfortable back brace for most of the day. But then again, April and Mary Miller are not your average sisters.

The Miller sisters were both diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis at the end of their fifth grade years. April, the oldest sister, was diagnosed in 2011, while younger sister Mary’s diagnosis came in 2013.

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Hope for Leonce: Kenyan boy’s incredible journey with vein of Galen malformation

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Boston is a long flight from Kenya — 22 hours long, in fact. That’s enough time to sleep, eat, read, watch countless YouTube videos and do it all over again, an experience that could make adults antsy, let alone two little boys. Yet it was a journey that Jane Nduta and Humphrey Njogu were eager to make.

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