At UTMB Health, we offer a dedicated staff skilled in a full range of pediatric surgery services. Our team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other caregivers are devoted to treating your child and supporting your family in a friendly, comfortable setting. We offer the expertise and resources of a major medical center, coupled with personal care and attention and a belief that patients and their families should be active members of the healthcare team. Our experts provide patients with the highest-quality healthcare, and are committed to improving the quality of life for every child.
Our care and services range from routine procedures for appendicitis and hernia repairs to treatments for rare or complex conditions such as solid tumors, multiple congenital anomalies and anorectal malformations.
Pediatric Surgeons Join Forces in First-of-its-kind Surgery in Texas
Four-year-old Kaden Ochoa had a rough start in life. He was born with a birth defect to his portal vein, known as extrahepatic portal vein obstruction, which caused him to suffer from internal bleeding, an enlarged spleen, stunted growth and poor liver function. After watching her son endure repeated endoscopies for more than two years to help control the bleeding his mother began her search for a better alternative. She found her solution at The University of Texas Medical Branch . . . by way of Chicago.
“He was born with the problem and has been struggling since birth,” said Claudia Ochoa, who lives in El Paso with Kaden and his 9-year-old sister, Natalie. “It has been very difficult, with many trips to the doctor. I wanted to find a solution and began researching his condition on the Internet. I printed all the information I found and presented it to his doctors. I wanted to find someone who could help Kaden live a normal life.”
Baby Girl Defies the Odds
When Sarah Blackwell had her second sonogram at 20 weeks, her ultrasonographer Maxine Aguilar, spotted a tiny irregularity — a miniscule spot on the baby’s neck — a cystic hygroma.
“It was something to be very concerned about,” says Garrett Blackwell, Sarah’s husband. “We were really scared. We learned that in 60 percent of the cases where something like this is pinpointed, the baby will have a chromosomal abnormality.”
Sarah and Garrett were devastated by the news. Sarah went through amniocentesis at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The couple waited for the results. Garrett said he tried to remain strong and calm throughout the whole ordeal so he could be a comfort and support to his wife.
UTMB Pediatric Surgery
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-0353
Phone: (409) 772-5666
FAX: (409) 772-4253
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