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Holding Your Child’s “Heart” In Our Hands … With The 3D Heart Printer (Part 1)

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One of the great things about working in a hospital is getting to see new developments in technology. And one of the most exciting ones I’ve seen recently is the 3D printer. 3D printers can create a plastic model of your child’s heart that the surgeon can use to help them plan for surgery. Read More

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Barb Roessner

Hi, I'm Barb, and I'm a Physician Assistant and coordinator of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I work with patients and families at every step of the journey, from diagnosing their child's heart condition to my favorite part—calling them to say "We have a heart."

Parenting Skills: How To Encourage Your Heart Kid To Cooperate

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The saying “kids will be kids” rings true no matter what health conditions a child might be facing. If your heart kid has some stubborn moments, you can think of it as a good thing, in a sense. It means he’s reaching developmental milestones just like his peers.  Read More

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Barb Roessner

Hi, I'm Barb, and I'm a Physician Assistant and coordinator of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I work with patients and families at every step of the journey, from diagnosing their child's heart condition to my favorite part—calling them to say "We have a heart."

Holding On: 4 Ways To Maintain A Healthy Marriage When You Have A Heart Kid

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It can be easy for couples to put their relationship on hold when their child has a chronic health issue—like a heart condition. But it’s important to maintain a healthy marriage, too. You’ll benefit emotionally and mentally, and so will your child.  Read More

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Sean Akers

Hi, I’m Dr. Sean Akers, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I serve as the primary psychologist for the heart transplant team as well as the coordinator of the Consult Liaison Service. My job is to provide heart kids and their families with support throughout their journey.