A Year in Review, Looking Back at the Top Posts of 2014

New YearIn honor of the New Year, we’re taking a look back at some of our most popular and memorable blog posts from 2014. Below is a list of our top 10 posts. Here’s to another great year of health news to come. Happy New Year!

Lung Liquid Similar to One Used in Movie “The Abyss” Saves Infant’s Life, Doctors Encourage FDA Approval of Clinical Trials

Two doctors at Seattle Children’s went the extra mile to save Tatiana, one of the sickest babies they’ve ever seen. They got ‪FDA‬ approval to use a long-forgotten drug and are now inspired to help make this drug available to save more lives.

Visit with Macklemore Helps 6-Year-Old Heart Patient Recover

AJ Hwangbo was a happy-go-lucky 6-year-old without a worry in the world until mid-November when he developed a life-threatening heart condition. While specialists at Seattle Children’s Hospital helped AJ heal physically, the young boy struggled to bounce back emotionally. But, AJ’s joyful spirit returned after hospital staff arranged for him to meet his hero – local artist Macklemore.

From Hopeless to Cancer Free

Last fall, 21-year-old Milton Wright III was given a death sentence. Today, he is expected to live a long, healthy life thanks to cancer immunotherapy treatment. This is the incredible story of how two determined researchers and the parents of a young boy came together to save him.

From Heartbreak to Hope: Technology and a New Heart Save Hannah’s Life

Sept. 24 marked a remarkable milestone for the Campbell family – the end of a long, tumultuous journey that began the day their daughter, Hannah Mae Campbell, was born. She had an extremely rare condition, but thanks to a combination of ECPR, ECMO and a heart transplant she survived and is now a thriving toddler.

Remembering Daniel and the Legacy He Left Behind

Dr. Abby Rosenberg, a former Seattle Children’s oncologist, remembers one of her patients who died from cancer, Daniel Mar. She shares a bit of his story and the legacy he left behind.

Families Find Hope in Success of Cancer Immunotherapy

Researchers at Seattle Children’s have reported promising results from an cancer immunotherapy clinical trial; 85% of patients with relapsed leukemia treated thus far are in complete remission. While scientists are excited about this progress, no one is more grateful for this research than the families of patients like 1-year-old Greta Oberhofer, who wasn’t expected to survive one year ago.

From a Failing Heart in Hawaii to a Transplant in Seattle, Bridging the Gap to a Heart Transplant

Julie Kobayashi, a 12-year-old girl from Hawaii, was Seattle Children’s third patient to receive the HeartMate II ventricular assist device (VAD), a device that allowed Julie to leave the hospital while waiting for a life-saving heart transplant. This is her story, from failing heart to transplant.

Life-Threatening Hernia Doesn’t Stop Baby Nolan; Trains for Diaper Dash at Disneyland

Only hours after birth, Nolan Wyatt was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening condition and was airlifted to Seattle Children’s for the specialized care he needed to survive. He didn’t let a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) slow him down for long. He trained for his first race at only 11 months old, the Diaper Dash at Disneyland.

Paul Excels Through His Physical Disability, Never Allowing It to Dictate His Life

Paul Wright dreamed of one day living in Seattle’s bustling downtown and working in one of the many sprawling skyscrapers. But as a boy, it seemed like a near-impossible dream. He was born with a physical disability, arthrogryposis, a condition that prevented his joints from moving normally. Doctors thought he would never walk much less live an independent life. But Wright has done that and much more thanks to his determined spirit and the care team at Seattle Children’s.

Unique Protocol for Flesh-Eating Bacteria Helps Trey Get Back to Life

On a Saturday in March, 13-year-old Trey Lauren was playing with his friends at a birthday party when he fell and cut his knee on a nail. It was a typical injury for a kid his age, but what resulted was anything but typical. Learn about the unique protocol at Seattle Children’s that saved his life and his inspiring journey from hospital bed back to the baseball field.


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