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For every three months a child is in an orphanage, they are about a month behind in development and growth.
Clinic Helps Families Navigate Adoption Process
UVA Children's Hospital offers a unique clinic that helps potential adoptive parents navigate through the process. The International Adoption Clinic meets one day each month to help field questions, explain documentation, and offer recommendations to families at any stage of the process.
Often times in the adoption process, parents are inundated with paperwork - and depending on the country, the information that is given may differ greatly. Doctors at the International Adoption Clinic help to sort through the information. Doctors can also help to determine potential high-risk medical problems that the child may suffer from when they arrive in their new home.
We don't use the word lightly, but this was really a miracle kidney for him.
New Rules Mean Kidneys For Chronic Patients
Changes to transplant waiting list rules means patients who once were thought impossible to match are now getting the organs they need. Marshall Jones is one of the first patients to receive a kidney transplant since the rule change.
With severely damaged kidneys and a failed transplant, this eight-year-old Virginia native had very slim chances of finding a match: His body was likely to reject kidneys from 99 percent of donors. Years spent searching for a match found nothing. But with these new policies, Marshall finally got his life-saving kidney.
Marshall’s doctor, Victoria Norwood, MD, says "We don't use the word lightly, but this was really a miracle kidney for him.”
I can't even really explain it. It just felt right. It just felt like I was at the right place.
From NICU to College: Savannah Tucker's Story
Savannah Tucker was born with a rare skull deformity called craniosynostosis, also known as clover leaf skull. At just days old, she was airlifted from West Virginia to UVA for care.
Over the next several years, Savannah underwent over 20 surgeries. Further diagnosed with additional conditions including hydrocephalus, stroke and cerebral palsy, her initial prognosis was grim; doctors warned her family that she might not ever be able to walk.
Savannah says she has grown up at UVA, receiving care from a team of doctors from neurosciences, plastic surgery and orthopedics.
Watch the video as Savannah reflects on her journey.