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Take a walk through the hallways of the hematology/oncology floor at Oishei Children’s Hospital. Step inside rooms in which patients are being treated for serious illnesses -- a little girl in bed with both arms wrapped around a doll and a stuffed bear by her side; a little boy getting a blood transfusion; an infant whose head is bandaged with a tube connected to the top a…

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Curiosity got the better of Molly Brand on a Monday afternoon in April as her sister got home from school. Molly, then 15 months old, and her brother, Bennett, 3, played in the living room as Evelyn, 7, arrived. Hogan, the family Yorkie, scurried around them. Molly’s mom, Tricia, greeted her oldest daughter as she chatted with her father-in-law. Amid the bustle, Moll…

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Dr. Sara K. Berkelhamer, a neonatologist, expressed disappointment with the recent news that a U.S. delegation tried to water down an international call to encourage more breastfeeding. She did so both professionally and personally. Berkelhamer – attending physician for neonatology and medical director of respiratory therapy at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital – ga…

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Eva Edwards, a 13-year-old with a wide smile and outgoing personality, has always tried to make the best of her situation. Born with a congenital condition that caused her right leg to be much shorter than her left, Edwards' life has been filled with painful surgeries and procedures to gradually lengthen her femur. One of them involved the attachment of a large metal ap…

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Coming soon to a former urban hospital site near you: Elmwood Crossing. That's the name for the proposed redevelopment of the former Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo into a residential and retail community straddling the Elmwood Village and Allentown. Overall, the project, expected to cost up to $110 million, will include: About 200 apartments, 40 to 5…

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This is not only the most wonderful time of the year, it's the most Buffalo time of the year. Let's celebrate that in our holiday shopping. Museums, galleries, even hospitals have decked their gift shops for your shopping pleasure. Treat yourself to a stop at one of them. The reasons are many. First, it's fun. You might not have two hours to devote to perusing …

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Ann Maghran and her stalwart volunteers with the Women & Children's Hospital Family Advisory Council spent the last 8½ years working in a tidy, windowless, hard-to-find corner on the first floor. Their mission dovetailed with the Family Resource Center they helped Kaleida Health create: provide resources, encouragement and respite for families with a child in need o…

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Neonatal intensive care nurse Donna Alessi can think back on the early days of her 45-year career in Buffalo and recall the helplessness of holding dying babies. “It was sad,” she said. “I remember sitting there – and it would be any of us – with a baby who had a heartbeat, and there was nothing we could do. Now we save them. They go to school. They go to college.” S…

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The Oishei Children's Hospital can rest easy now. It has found its lullaby. On Nov. 2, the contest finals at City Honors School put to bed the search to find a new, local, performance of Brahms Lullaby to be played whenever a baby is born at the hospital. Playing the famous lullaby on such occasions is a longstanding hospital tradition. It turns out it's hard to beat…

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The Oishei Children’s Hospital Lullaby Contest is about to be put to bed. Several months ago, the hospital put out a wake-up call to local musicians, inviting them to try their hand at performing the famous Lullaby of the German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms. The winning performer will win $1,500 in cash and the opportunity for an audio recording of their song to be…

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When the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital opens in November, a room on the sports-themed 10th floor for young surgical patients will recognize the Grand Island community. As a community, Grand Island has raised $25,000 for the new children's hospital and is the only community to have a room named for it. The community will celebrate its achievement during a ceremon…

German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms wrote his famous Lullaby in 1868, and it was first performed in public a year later, with Clara Schumann on piano. Brahms wrote the beautiful song for a friend who was having her second child. He had once been in love with her, and he wove into the melody a tune that she used to sing to him. Since then, the song's legend has only…