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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…

Living With a Great Hope

Dawn Strickland describes her four children as any doting parent would. Jonah, the oldest, is 16 and a wonderful helper. Joel, 14, is the sweetest boy. Nine-year-old Grace, the little athlete, is simply wonderful, and 2-year-old Hannah is a little ball of life. https://ufhealth.org/blog/living-great-hope…