Love pushes researchers to find new answers and guides compassionate care. On the dramatic Season Three premiere of Inside Pediatrics, Children's Mercy specialists tackle medical mysteries, conquer cancer and beat the odds.
Meet Zei, a happy, healthy teenager now fighting for her life after a mysterious illness ravages her lungs. The critical care team re-invents its life support protocols to push the limits of medicine to give her a chance. Go inside the operating room to see surgeons give young Martin the gift of greater movement. And witness the emotional reunion when a father returns from service overseas to join the oncology team in its life-saving battle to save his son, Peyton, from aggressive cancer.
Every parent, child and specialist at Children's Mercy believes in the power of hope, medicine and miracles, because love has no limits.
Holding on to her belief that she will go home after almost a year in the hospital, Zei and her critical care team begin to see light at the end of the tunnel. Newborn Hallie can't breathe well because her jaw is malformed. Learn how innovative 3D printing technology reduces her time in the operating room. Two-year-old Jack needs daily dialysis, care from the region's top pediatric nephrologists and a kidney transplant to survive. While some kids wait months for a kidney, Jack already has a donor: his dad.
Hope lives at Children's Mercy, where the region's most complex cases receive world-class care driven by love.
Follow Jack into surgery as his dad donates his kidney to his young son, and share the emotional moments after their double surgery. Leah was born with half a heart, and despite several surgeries, it's failing fast. Cardiac and critical care specialists work to keep her alive, hoping a new heart can be found in time. Baby Ziah's heart defect was discovered before she was born. She depends upon a passionate team of pre-natal and cardiac specialists to help her survive through birth and the heart repairs needed during her first year of life.
What will make the difference at Children's Mercy? Love will.
Groundbreaking home heart monitoring helps cardiologists diagnose a life-threatening problem with Ziah's heart. Revolutionary cryoablation procedures pioneered at Children's Mercy allow Jacob to recover with almost no discomfort from a chest repair that used to cause months of pain. Fetal surgeons push the possibilities with a dramatic spinal repair performed on a baby before birth. Leah is running out of options before a new heart and the cardiac transplant team give her the gift of life. Season Three concludes with an uplifting montage of families and patients whose lives have been changed by love, hope and passion.
When every minute counts, a great partnership matters.
Baby Emersyn's temperature spikes on a routine Saturday morning, prompting her community pediatrician to refer her straight to the Emergency Department at Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas. Using cutting-edge technology, the Infectious Diseases team rapidly diagnoses Emersyn with E. coli meningitis, which if not caught early, can have a devastating outcome.
Hospitals can be scary places. That's why the certified Child Life specialists at Children's Mercy do whatever it takes to make kids feel empowered and comfortable during their stay. From hosting carnivals and patient proms, to using child-friendly models, pictures and real-life canine buddies (Hope and Hunter, the service dogs!), Child Life eases stress and anxiety for kiddos and their families.
When 15-year-old Mary suffers a knee injury that threatens her tennis career, her parents turn to Children's Mercy for expert orthopaedic surgical repair. See how customized care and world-class rehab facilities used by professional athletes enable Mary to get back on the court in time for her state high school tournament.
Three-year-old Connor cries when he looks in the mirror. That's because he has a vascular malformation that causes his left eyeball to severely bulge out. Watch as Connor's doctor uses minimally invasive, image-guided needles around Connor's eye to deliver medicine and suck the blood away from his eye, all without open surgery.
17-year-old Alex knew he was different from about the age of 3. But it wasn't until mom reached out to Children's Mercy did this struggling child get answers, help and a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, which would set Alex on the path to becoming a happy, healthy transgender male.
Children are not little adults, which is why even the simplest of procedures requires a hospital that is 100 percent dedicated to caring for children. Children's Mercy is one of only 10 centers in the country to be as recognized as a Level 1 Children's Surgery Center, the highest possible rating. The result? An organization with pediatrics specialists in every subspecialty that sets the standard of care instead of just practicing it.
Thanks to ground-breaking research at the Genomic Medicine Center at Children's Mercy, new treatments provide hope to infants with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare cancer of the blood and bone marrow that has a very poor prognosis. Watch as baby Brisia joins just 49 other infants around in the world in an oncology trial that pairs special drugs along with her standard chemotherapy in hopes of improving her chances for a cure.
Anything is possible with the generosity of a giving community. Summit Homes, with help from its vendors, suppliers and trade partners, builds a stunning six-bedroom, 5,400-square-foot home in Olathe at zero cost, pledging 100 percent of the sale proceeds to the children and families that Children's Mercy serves.
At Children's Mercy Kansas City, passionate physicians and innovative research help children achieve a brighter future. In the first episode of Inside Pediatrics Season Two, watch as the oncology team uses multiple therapies to treat a 3-year-old facing a life or death battle with a rare form of pediatric cancer. Follow a brave 9-year-old inside the operating room to see pediatric neurologists remove the part of his brain causing epileptic seizures. Watch orthopedic surgeons implant a revolutionary internal magnet to give a teenage girl the chance to walk normally without painful external devices. Learn how the hospital’s single visit surgery program offers diagnosis, surgery and discharge in just one day.
Follow up with some of the amazing children and families from Inside Pediatrics Season One. Where are they now?
Doctors not only treat disease, they can help prevent it. Find out about Children's Mercy's participation in a nationwide trial to identify children at high risk of developing Type One diabetes.
Pediatric medicine has made great strides, but some medical mysteries demand the most advanced diagnostic tools to uncover the elusive answers. Diverse specialties at Children's Mercy Kansas City work together to save a 3-year-old with a disease affecting fewer than 40 children worldwide. Genomic diagnosis helps a girl who can’t stop twitching. Watch the neurosurgery team perform her rare deep brain stimulation procedure as she remains semi-conscious during surgery. Hit the road with Children’s Mercy specialists as they travel across the region to bring the latest treatments to children with hemophilia. And watch a surgeon rebuild nerves smaller than a spaghetti strand to give a baby boy the chance to move his arm again.
Severe gastrointestinal pain can be debilitating. See how the GI Pain Lab at Children's Mercy combines medicine with biofeedback and other treatments to help kids live with less pain.
Anesthesiologists are the unsung heroes of the surgery suite. Learn more about how these pediatric specialists maintain vital signs, control pain and administer medication to children of all ages and sizes.
When children get sick, their care can be a hurry-up race against time or a waiting game that may take years…and physicians must know which response is the right one. Spend a dramatic evening in the Emergency department where specially trained care teams race against the clock to administer the highest level of critical care in the region. Go inside the operating room to watch surgeons create a new ACL for one of the top high school athletes in the state. Share a young family’s journey from prenatal diagnosis to surgery for their son born with organs outside his body. Then, minutes turn into months for a teenage girl with a failing heart who waits for the call that can save her life.
Children's Mercy cares for kids even before they are born. The Elizabeth J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center helps identify high-risk pregnancies and creates a care plan to support babies in the region's only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Heart surgery can be scary for kids and families. See how a little sketch created by a compassionate critical care nurse makes a big difference for children and their families as they recover from heart surgery.
In the final episode of Inside Pediatrics Season Two, follow a Children's Mercy Kansas City team to Mexico City and see how international collaboration helps children on both sides of the border. But sometimes, even the best care can't save a critically ill child, and the palliative care team is there to help families cope with devastating outcomes. Then, share a laugh with Kansas City's native stars as they come home from Hollywood to help raise money for life-saving cancer care. And let your spirit soar with an inspiring montage of this season's triumphs, thanks to the care, compassion and life-saving treatments that turn hopes and dreams into realities for families and patients at Children's Mercy Kansas City.
Caring for a child with medical complexity can be overwhelming. The Beacon program acts as a lighthouse... a single clinic which helps families coordinate and navigate through the sea of specialists and treatments to provide optimal care for their child.
Children's Mercy Kansas City is a non-profit hospital serving all children regardless of their families' ability to pay. Every gift of time, talent or treasure makes a difference. Find out how you can join the mission to bring hope to every child.
The Heart of Children's Mercy is a special episode following Sawyer and Marisa, two patients who were both bravely waiting on heart transplants at the conclusion of season two. Watch the full episode now as their stories continue.
Generosity is at the very core of Children's Mercy Hospital. See how support from the community makes it possible to provide the highest-quality care to all children.