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Ramsey family honors a beloved brother

As Lee Ramsey’s family watched him being transported by ambulance from the emergency room at Lawnwood Hospital in Ft. Pierce to UF Health in Gainesville, they were in need of reassurance. Lee was brought into the local emergency room because he was having difficulty breathing. When local doctors suggested that…

The Brantleys and the story of BrAvery

With wide eyes and a cooing smile, Avery looked up as his mom and dad took turns reading from a Curious George book. Each page made the presence of Avery’s monitors and endless tubes slip further from the Brantleys’ minds. In these moments, they found stillness despite their…

The art of pediatric patient care

Anthony Macchio was already familiar with UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. After his second daughter, Isabel, was born with a heart defect in February 2019, he and his wife, Amy Hecht Macchio, became accustomed to traveling to Gainesville from Tallahassee for expert pediatric cardiology care. But three months after Isabel…

MAX-ed Out With Love

How a community came together to surprise a 17-year-old patient waiting for a heart Written by Molly Brennan and Coral Denton For most young people, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic meant switching to online classes, spending time at home and having more free time than they know what…

Like A Water Balloon in a River

When Madeline Lee went to her 28-week prenatal checkup, she was not able to see her son’s head in the sonograms. Her doctor later determined that the fetus had abnormal fluid in his brain and referred Madeline to UF Health in Gainesville.

Despair Turns to Hope for Shiara Veltman

April is National Donate Life Month. During the month, we are highlighting those who have been touched by organ donation and emphasizing the importance of becoming a donor. By Coral Denton and Caroline Lee Shiara Veltman lived a healthy childhood until seventh grade when she fell ill following a trip…