Families tell how doctors in the network have made a difference in their lives

Since its inception 10 years ago, Stanford’s Children’s Healthcare Network has received more than 2.3 million patient visits and physicians have treated more than 100,000 patients each year. But no matter how many patients they see, Stanford Children’s Health practitioners strive to provide every family with exceptional care. Witnessing this comprehensive and personalized support are four families whose lives have been touched by doctors from the Stanford Children’s Health Network.

Concierge Level OB/GYN services

As an intensive care nurse, Katie Husak knows very well what to expect from a health care provider. So when she started seeing Jagdip Powar, MD, Obstetrician at Stanford Medicine Women’s Health – Palo Alto, she knew she had found someone special. The OB/GYN practice, headed by Dr. Powar, joined the network in 2012.

“I worked in intensive care for years, so I dealt with a lot of doctors and bedside manners. Based on this experience, I can say that Dr. Powar is one of the best,” she shared. “He makes you feel like his only patient – ​​he’s there; you don’t feel rushed. He allows you to ask your questions, and I think that’s how he builds that sense of trust with his patients. I always feel like he’s invested in me and my long term health when I’m there…and I always had this certainty that he would be able to get me through no matter what. .

Katie and her husband, Todd Husak, have a deep connection to Stanford; Todd played college football for Stanford University and earned his master’s degree there. He was also a coach for many years and is currently a commentator for Stanford football. So when it came time to choose a hospital for the birth of their third child, they knew Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital was the best choice for them.

“We are very lucky to have Stanford in our backyard. There is confidence in being part of the Stanford family, knowing that they have the facilities to take care of me and my child,” Katie said. “I know giving birth happens all the time, but in my profession, you see one in a million things: you see the woman with the headache and it’s a brain tumor, and it sticks to your So, I want to have the best resources and the best doctors available, and that’s at Stanford… there’s a self-confidence treated at Stanford that’s unlike anywhere else for me.

Teamwork saves a baby with botulism

Patients can access world-class care close to home through the Stanford Children’s Health Care Network and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. For little Emmett Welden-Smith, that meant surviving a rare and life-threatening case of botulism.

When he was just 4 months old, Emmett’s mother, Elizabeth, noticed something was wrong and brought him to pediatrician Sara Liu, MD, at the Pediatric Group of Monterey, a practice that is part of the network. Between Dr. Liu, a trip to the local emergency department, and fellow pediatrician Kirk Mulgrew, MD, a diagnosis of botulism was suspected. When the diagnosis was confirmed, Emmett was airlifted to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

The quick action of doctors at Stanford Children’s Health was crucial not only to save Emmett’s life, but also to prevent him from suffering serious long-term effects from the toxin, according to Mark Welden-Smith, the father of Emmett. ‘Emmett.

“Thank goodness Dr Mulgrew insisted, because the longer you wait, the longer the recovery period can be and the higher the risk of death from respiratory failure. Even an extra day could have meant months of extra recovery for the nerve endings to rebuild. It was just amazing – everyone made the right call at the right time,” Mark said.

Mum Elizabeth is grateful that her son was able to make a full recovery. She credits the overwhelming support of doctors and network staff for helping her and her family through this ordeal. “Dr. Mulgrew literally saved my child’s life. He advocated for us, as did Dr. Liu. We weren’t treated like crazy. We were supported and I knew people were watching out for us and were making sure Emmett got the best possible care,” she said.

Coordinated care gives a child with kidney disease a second chance

Reagan Sterling’s journey with chronic kidney disease began when she was just 7 years old. Since then, his team of doctors at Stanford Children’s Health have worked together to help him live his best life despite a serious kidney condition called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).

Her doctors were able to manage her illness with dietary changes, corticosteroids and drugs to suppress the immune system for many years, but the damage to her kidneys was permanent. Eventually the disease progressed and Reagan had to undergo a nephrectomy to remove his kidneys.

The loss of her kidneys meant Reagan had to undergo dialysis, where a machine cleans the blood, until she could receive organs from a donor. Fortunately, his physician, Elizabeth Talley, MD, a pediatric nephrologist at Stanford Children’s Health’s Specialty Services – Emeryville, was able to provide an option for Reagan to do dialysis at home instead of having to travel to a clinic several times a year. . the week.

After being on the transplant list for about a year, Reagan was able to get a kidney transplant at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s largest pediatric kidney transplant centers. “The transplant process went smoothly. The Stanford doctors made everything feel pretty relaxed and easy and straightforward,” Reagan said. “After I had the transplant, everything was fine, and I finally felt more comfortable with my situation and everything.”

Reagan’s mother, Andrea Sterling, believes the support of the Stanford Children’s Health team made all the difference when it came to coping with her daughter’s condition. “I can’t say enough about the quality of Stanford throughout this process,” she said. “Everyone is so helpful and so kind and supportive in making sure we had what we needed as a family to deal with what was going on with Reagan.”

Now Reagan is a happy student and enjoying a fresh start with healthy kidneys. With the support of her family and doctors at Stanford Children’s Health, she is proving that it is possible to live really well with kidney disease.

Family finds solution for newborn’s tongue tie

When 4-day-old Kyle Awasthi was diagnosed with a severe tongue tie that made breastfeeding difficult, his parents, Birute and Asheet Awasthi, wanted to find a doctor they could really trust for their new baby. After searching, the family found Bryan Drucker, MD, pediatrician at Pediatric Associates – Samaritan Drive.

Stanford’s reputation for excellence gave Kyle’s parents confidence that they had found the right place to care for their precious baby. “I saw the words of Dr. Bryan Drucker [on his web profile]: ‘At the end of the day, I am an advocate for children and I have their best interest at heart.’ At that moment, I knew I had come to the right place,” Asheet said.

“He is truly an ‘advocate for children’. … We are just blessed to have found him just in time. …And of course, he saved our baby’s torment by holding our hands through a diligent diagnosis and guiding us in the right direction.

Dr. Drucker was able to put the family at ease and connect them with Iram Ahmad, MD, a respiratory and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist with the Stanford Child Health Network. Dr. Ahmad was able to correct the tongue tie and encourage the family through Kyle’s recovery.

Working with the Stanford Children’s Health Team helped the family realize that issues like these were common and could be resolved with the right support.

“You come into motherhood with set expectations, certain images of how you’re going to feed the baby. … We just assumed it worked like magic for everyone,” Birute said. “You learn that most people struggle. But you go on thinking, ‘Oh, that’s just not working for me.’ … Stanford helped us get a realistic picture … and you match your expectations to reality.

“So that’s one thing that I think has been super helpful and comforting, as a mom. That’s part of the Stanford experience that we had and really appreciate.

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