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Elsa Wiemerslage

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Patient Elsa Weimerslage

Last October, Elsa Wiemerslage suddenly became devastatingly nauseous with a fever. Her pediatrician sent her directly to the Dan Dierdorf Emergency and Trauma Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon. Christopher Hugge, MD, a Costas Center oncologist, spent the night beside Elsa, initiating treatment in the pediatric intensive care unit as tests were ordered to pinpoint… Read more »

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith with "second mom" Julie Keeley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ1H4Xuf7yA&w=1000 Ryan, born in Jamaica with complex congenital heart disease, struggled to breathe almost since the day he was born. “I remember when I was 4 or 5 years old that I couldn’t walk from one room to the next. I would have to fall to the floor to catch my breath.”Unknown to his family… Read more »

D.J. Lampert

D.J. Lampert

Although he first appeared quite healthy to his parents when he was born, D.J.’s health started to go awry when he was only a few months old and his skin turned yellow. His parents were soon told that their son was born with a condition called biliary atresia, a rare disorder that left him without… Read more »

Chance Wunderle

Chance Wunderle, again, had been asking for it. “He always wants to play,” says the tickler, Kelly Kiel, R.N., a nurse who has been taking care of Chance through the summer and fall. “He’s everyone’s friend. He hugs everyone. He is in and out of all the other kids’ rooms asking them if they want… Read more »

John Smith

In 2000, Joyce and Brian Smith adopted their son, John, from Guatemala. They have two adult sons from previous marriages, but were not able have a child together. John was the light of their lives, and Joyce decided she wanted to be a full-time, stay-at-home mother while Brian continued to work. Faith has always been… Read more »

Averi Budde

“They kept my daughter alive. I want to give back and help other people have the same kind of care we’ve had,” says Staci Budde. Averi Budde, her 7-year-old daughter, is well known at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. She was born with five heart defects, strabismus and a rare chromosomal deletion, which may… Read more »

Brystol Carter

“It was eye-opening; this was really what her heart looked like,” she said as she recalled holding the model in the palm of her hand at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. “I was in awe that it was even possible to make something like this to see where everything was positioned.” Brystol Carter was… Read more »

Evie Morgan

The ultrasound at a local imaging center in Springfield, MO showed Heather Morgan she was having a little girl. “I was so excited,” she says. “I couldn’t wait to go to my doctor’s office for their ultrasound, so 
I went to the imaging center first. I was 
so happy!” Her impatience was born out of… Read more »

Abbi & Kate Derque

Abbi Derque, 16, and Kate Derque, 10, were born with a rare genetic disorder that is seldom encountered even in a regional pediatric referral hospital such as SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. As the disorder’s inevitable and nagging complications progressed, both girls were listed as candidates for kidney and liver transplants – a rarity… Read more »