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VUMC welcomes seven Leap Day babies

By Jessica Pasley

Neonatal nurse practitioner Wendy Araya, a Feb. 29 baby herself, offers advice to the latest leaplings

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Randy Hatch has dedicated his life to teaching and coaching at-risk young people. After his lifesaving liver transplant, they lined the halls to welcome him back.

By Matt Batcheldor

His beloved Carroll Academy Jaguars and Lady Jaguars honor him with a message on their shirts: "Donate Life."

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Richard Hosner knew he needed a liver transplant. It turned out he needed a kidney, too. On one amazing day, he received both.

By Matt Batcheldor

The pair of complex surgeries took 13 hours. When he woke up, he felt like a new person. Since 2011, there have been 38 liver-kidney transplants at VUMC, helping establish Vanderbilt as one of the leading sites in the country for multiple-organ transplants.

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Patients and families benefit from new activity book — and the volunteer who brings it

By Kelsey Herbers

Puzzles, mazes, coloring pages and other fun help pass the time

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Five surgeries in nine days. A month in intensive care. An amazing recovery.

By Matt Batcheldor

Kyle Mullicane's is the only medical story you will read today that features a hallucination taking place in a Vegas steakhouse.

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Last New Year’s Day, Gregory Tidwell was in a coma. At the beginning of 2020, he is doing much better

By Kelsey Herbers

“It has made me ecstatically happy to watch him get better,” his mom said.

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In 1994, Harold “Scottie” Scott’s HIV-positive status was covered on the local news. He has been an educator ever since.

By Kelsey Herbers

Now, 25 years after his announcement, Scott’s mission remains the same: to educate others on the history of HIV, dispel myths and break down stigma.

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Madalyn Durbin’s dad just had a double lung transplant; surely there was no way he could make it to her wedding.

By Matt Batcheldor

Never underestimate a father’s determination to be there for his daughter. As Madalyn started down the aisle, Terry stepped out and took her hand.

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Children’s Hospital patient and his grandmother write a book with a message: “I am just like you, but different”

By Jessica Pasley

Ryan told his grandmother about the way other people looked at him. She didn't want him to experience that anymore.

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