MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR – There’s no distance too far when your child’s life is at stake

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Anne Briggs did not expect to conceive a baby in 2020 as she had gone through a decade without her menstrual cycle. The following year in March 2021, an abortion transfer failed; in August 2021, she was pregnant naturally. During her 20-week ultrasound, she was told by doctors in Taiwan that there was an abnormal buildup of fluid around the baby’s lungs that threatened the baby’s life.

After contacting Dr. Ramesha Papanna, MD, MPH, a maternal-fetal medicine physician at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, she learned that they might be able to save the baby. Read the rest of this amazing story inside.

McAllen native Dr. Henry Herrera returns to DHR Health as part of the DHR Health Institute of Gastroenterology.

Herrera is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and specializes in the diagnosis and management of abdominal pain, heartburn, peptic ulcers, diarrhea and constipation, inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal bleeding.

He also has specialized training in advanced endoscopy, including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Learn more about Dr. Herrera inside.

On another side, Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville and Valley Baptist-Harlingen were recently recognized by the American Heart Association for their commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized and research-based guidelines, ultimately saving more lives and to reduce disability.

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Valley Baptist-Brownsville won the AHA’s “Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines – Stroke” quality award, while Valley Baptist-Harlingen was recognized by the AHA with the “Gold Plus With Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite More Get With The Guidelines – Stroke”. ” price of quality. Read the rest of the story inside.

Congratulations! In the four-county region that makes up the Rio Grande Valley, poverty rates hover around 30%, according to the US Census. And obesity, diabetes and other chronic health conditions are prevalent in the predominantly Hispanic region, thanks in part to lack of access to health care and medical insurance coverage for low-income families. throughout the medically underserved region. The difficult circumstances make the Valley a distinctive place for medical residents wishing to complete their studies.

“I decided to stay in the valley because I feel connected to the community. There is a great need here,” says Maria de Jesus Garcia, whose experience inspired her to continue her work in the valley as an adult medical specialist with the South Texas Health System. “I want to help provide quality primary care to this population.

On Friday, June 24, Garcia and five of his fellow McAllen Family Medicine Residency Clinic residents were honored at a special graduation ceremony at Edinburgh’s St. Michael Event Gallery. South Texas Health System McAllen, in partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, honored the six new board-certified graduates and welcomed them into the medical field.

More good news – For Jose Victor Delgado, a native of the Rio Grande Valley and a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, the 4th of July has special meaning this year as he and 117 students from the UTRGV School of Medicine have received their white coats on Saturday.

Delgado, a freshman medical student, participated in the annual white coat ceremony signifying his entry into the medical profession. Read the rest of the story inside.

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