Author: Kristin Cantu

Religion & Ethics – how stem cells fit in

hESCcolony1-0PBS’s show, Religion & Ethics, will be airing an episode beginning Friday, April 2, that focuses on how stem cells fit into religion. The episode features Children’s stem cell researcher George Daley, MD, PhD, and Andres Trevino – who recently shared with Thrive his personal story of how stem cells saved his son’s life.

You can read a recent interview with Daley on the Religion & Ethics Web site and visit Children’s new Web site that aims to demystify stem cell research.

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Children's patients in Extraordinary Humans documentary

The National Geographic Channel’s multi-part documentary, Extraordinary Humans, examines different rare medical conditions, including extreme blood and bone abnormalities. Two Children’s Hospital Boston patients will be featured in the episode, Rare Anatomy: Blood, airing Monday, March 22 at 9 p.m.

Son Pham was brought to Children’s from Vietnam to get treated for an extensive venous malformation on the left side of his face. He was cared for by an interdisciplinary team of specialists from the Children’s Vascular Anomalies Center, including John Mulliken, MD and Ahmad Alomari, MD – who were interviewed for this documentary.

Michael Politzer, who has Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome and is a patient of  Steven Fishman, MD also appears in the documentary.

This is the second time in one week that Children’s has been featured in National Geographic Channel documentary. The first time was on Monday, March 16 in a documentary about the Shang Dynasty.

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Children's research part of Shang Dynasty lead poisoning documentary

Alan Woolf, MD, MPH was part of a team that conducted experiments to find out if the vessels the Shang Dynasty drank from contributed to their early demise due to a combination of liquid and the materials the vessels were made from.

A documentary airing on the National Geographic channel tonight – Treasure Tomb of the Warrior Queen – explores just that.

Woolf took the time to answer this question for Thrive:

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Ray Tye, noted children’s philanthropist, dies

Ray Tye with Children's patient, Omar

Ray Tye, a successful businessman turned noted children’s philanthropist, died yesterday morning at the age of 87. Tye was devoted to helping children in medical need.

Tye helped numerous patients receive care at Children’s Hospital Boston, many coming from all over the world. Fernanda Medeiros, manager of the International Center at Children’s, worked side-by-side with Tye to help children from foreign countries receive life-saving treatments. “The world has lost a great, great man,” Medeiros tells The Boston Herald.

One of the many patients whose care he helped pay for is Omar, who was badly injured while traveling to Baghdad. He needed extensive reconstructive surgery and the Ray Tye Medical Foundation donated $100,000 to help cover medical expenses. Tye also lobbied on behalf of Omar and his family to receive political asylum in the United States, which they were recently granted.

Dumanel Luxama, a boy from Haiti with a rare congenital facial malformation, was another child Tye helped. You can read Dumanel’s story and watch a video about him here.

Tye’s generous spirit will be remembered by many, especially those of us here at Children’s. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

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