Falon and Robert Griffin, with newborn Gracelyn Mae

When baby won’t wait

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  Pregnancy

A restaurant bathroom is not the ideal place to deliver a high-risk pregnancy, but Gracelyn Mae wasn’t going to wait. Her parents, Falon and Robert Griffin, were heading to University Hospital so their baby could be delivered by Dr. Patrick Ramsey, an obstetrician and maternal-fetal medicine specialist. They stopped at the Chick-Fil-A at U.S. 281 and Evens Road — after closing time — to meet friends who would pick up their two older children, but Falon urgently needed to use the restroom. Employees opened the door and let them in. Then she started to give birth. “At that moment I realized, ‘Oh my …Read More >

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angry dog

When animals attack!

Categories: Infections  /  News

We like our animals, be they dogs or frogs, myna birds or llamas. But under certain circumstances, almost any animal can become aggressive and bite. South Texans are no strangers to animal bites. In fact, according to San Antonio Animal Care Services, investigators deal with 10-15 animal bites on a daily basis in the area. So, what can you do to protect you and your family from getting bitten? What are the dangers of animal bites? Animal mouths, just like human mouths, contain many different bacteria.  When an animal bites someone, harmful bacteria or viruses could transfer to that person, …Read More >

camp reynal

Summer fun for kids on dialysis

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Transplants

You might think that having to go to dialysis multiple times a week might prevent a kid from attending camp. You would think wrong. This year, six patients from University Health System — two from dialysis and four from transplant — went to Camp Reynal and had a blast. “It is quite fun. I get to meet a lot of other kids; they have the same issues as me. It creates a family,” said Gabrielle Sanchez, who has attended for four years. “It is super-exciting to go every year. There’s a new addition to the camp each year; this year …Read More >

Allergies

Why we sneeze

Categories: News

With all the information out there about allergies it’s not surprising that there are so many misconceptions about them.  So, in honor of allergy season we separate the facts from the fiction. What are environmental allergies? Environmental allergies happen when your body’s immune system overreacts to something in the environment. The most common environmental allergens include: Pollen Dust mites Animals/pets Mold/Mildew Smoke from cigarettes South Texans cope with outdoor allergies throughout the year, unlike many places — beginning with the dreaded mountain cedar (actually a member of the juniper family) in the winter, oak and other trees in the spring, …Read More >

Comic image of man seared by barbecure flames

Don’t get burned!

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

It’s another sweltering South Texas summer. Step outside and the risk of burns are everywhere — in addition to the everyday burn hazards that lurk inside our homes. University Hospital’s level I pediatric trauma center and burn program works to get the word out about burn risks. But how much do you know about burns? Take this burn quiz, courtesy of University Health System’s Health Library, and test your burn IQ. You might pick up a few tips on how to keep yourself and your family from getting burned.

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