Chase Essex loves pizza and has even prepared shrimp scampi for his family. So it might come as a surprise that, until recently, the 14-year-old hadn’t eaten by mouth for much of his life. “Now,” says his mother, Antoinette, “he eats everything in sight.” More than a decade ago, Chase was like any other curious ... Read More
In human biology class this past semester, Morgan DiPrima viewed a PowerPoint presentation that made her head spin. It included a hemophilia slide solely focused on men. “So, I asked the professor if I could do a class presentation on hemophilia for extra credit.” Very few college students “request” extra work, but this 19-year-old Dean ... Read More
When Ryker Casey takes the field, everything comes down to the strength of his legs and precision of his kick. As a football kicker, he sends the ball deep into the opponent’s end zone at kickoff and earns extra points for his team by sending the ball through the field goal, sometimes from 50 yards ... Read More
Oliver Kuehne loves the beach. Luckily for this Cape Cod native, he’s able to enjoy the sun and sand all summer long. Yet this will be the first season that he’ll feel truly comfortable shedding his shirt. “I’m definitely excited to be able to do that now,” he says. Oliver, 19, has been coming to ... Read More
Seven-month-old Mia Petrelli sits in a chair in the darkened room. As Kara Larson, a speech language pathologist in the Aerodigestive Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, spoons different foods mixed with liquid barium into the little girl’s mouth, a nearby video screen displays real-time images of her anatomy. It’s part of a modified barium swallow ... Read More
After her surgery at Boston Children's for a frontal encephalocele and cleft lip, Zoey, a tutu-lover from Mississippi, is home and thriving.