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Runners pound the pavement for Children’s In November, more than 3,500 runners attended the 27th annual Kids II Strong Legs Run at Turner Field. The run took participants through downtown Atlanta in 2K, 5K and 10K courses. Supporters were treated to a morning of fun as the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta mascots, Hope and Will, cheered racers as they crossed the finish line. Mascots from schools, universities, companies and many of Atlanta’s professional sports teams also joined children in a Mascot Trot in front of Turner Field. Join us for the 2012 Kids II Strong Legs Run Saturday, Nov. 3, at Turner Field.

Children’s remains among transplant leaders In 2011, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta performed 70 solid organ transplants, including 19 liver, 17 heart and 34 kidney transplants. This is the second largest number of solid organ transplants since the inception of the program in 1980.

overall pediatric transplant programs in the country in regards to volumes. Additionally, the Kidney Transplant Program is projected to rank first in the country for pediatric kidney transplant volumes. Visit www.choa.org/transplant to learn more.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), these numbers place the Children’s Transplant Program among the top five in

Telemedicine allows for specialty treatment in remote areas As technology expands, so does the potential for early treatment for those without access to specialty services. Recently, Cyrus Samai, M.D., Director of the Fetal Cardiology Program, conducted the first fetal cardiology telemedicine visit for Sibley Heart Center Cardiology. Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of death within an infant’s first year of life. And more than 800,000 Georgians do not have access to a pediatrician in their county, making the chances of finding a fetal cardiologist in some areas virtually nonexistent. An easy-to-use service, telemedicine offers patients and their physicians remote consultations and evaluations using live video. This technology allows patients to be seen more quickly by the appropriate specialists. “We have the ability to evaluate a wide spectrum of cardiac diseases,” Dr. Samai said. “If we believe the child will be in danger prenatally, we can make sure the mother is evaluated in Atlanta, where we have a comprehensive team of consultants.”

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Small Wonders--Spring 2012  

An online publication for the donors of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Small Wonders--Spring 2012  

An online publication for the donors of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

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