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Kid-Glove Care
Stories by Anita Srikameswaran * Photos by Andy Starnes
     
Some of the sickest children in the nation pass through the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's Hospital. Reporter Anita Srikameswaran and photographer Andy Starnes gained unprecedented access to the unit for several weeks this spring.

They document the daily life-and-death struggles and the emotional investments required of both care-givers and families.

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Registered nurse Patti Harris cares for Jasmine Bottoms, 12, after she returned from surgery for placement of a medal rod to straighten her spine. Jasmine is now out of the hospital and up and about.

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bullet1.gif (68 bytes)With son paralyzed in wreck, they face a bleak vigil
bullet1.gif (68 bytes)Fatigue is a constant for critical care nurse

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bullet1.gif (68 bytes)Back from brink: Blood infection almost lethal to 7-month-old

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anita110.jpg (4557 bytes)   Anita Srikameswaran, 29, joined the Post-Gazette as a medical reporter in September 1997. She completed her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Manitoba in 1993, did further training in public health and practiced general medicine in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has worked as a science writing intern at the Chicago Tribune and received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1997.
     
starnes110.jpg (6263 bytes)   Andy Starnes, 47, joined the Post-Gazette as a photo editor in 1993. He now splits his time between editing and photography. Before joining the Post-Gazette, he worked as a photographer at The Pittsburgh Press. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech and currently resides in the Regent Square section of Pittsburgh.



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