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Kids Rule!


May 2006

Children’s health care is a top priority at the Health Science Center, and private donors are key to helping faculty achieve the most comprehensive care for the youngest members of society. Their partnership makes a powerful difference.

50 percent of all cases of intellectual disability are caused by chromosome abnormalities.
– Source: The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society

From the Seattle area to San Antonio, Brian and Suchada MacDonald are ensuring that children who have the 18q- chromosome abnormality have a future filled with promise. The MacDonalds’ donation, coupled with private donations from members of the Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society, has propelled more than a decade of advances. Children treated at the Health Science Center show major improvement in brain function and physical growth.


Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death in the first month of life.
– Source: The March of Dimes

Retired surgeon Dr. William Head and his wife, Rita, are bringing hope to tiny, fragile preemies and their families. Their $1 million gift allows faculty members to lead advances in the treatment and care of premature babies, ensuring normal outcomes of those cared for by physicians in the Premature Infant Development (PREMIEre) Program at the Health Science Center.


The Health Science Center continues to be a leader in education, research and clinical care through its campuses in San Antonio, Harlingen, Laredo and Edinburg. The education of health care professionals begins in San Antonio and reaches far beyond our borders.



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