Upcoming Stories & Events for January 2017


Viral Video of Toddler Saving Brother from Dresser

The recent viral video of a toddler saving his twin brother from a collapsed dresser is somewhat of a phenomenon. Beyond the shock value, it reminds us not every family can be so lucky. 

Available for interviews: 

  • Family health and safety experts to explain how Valley parents can prevent dangerous incidences from happening at home

Birth Defects Prevention Month

The Arizona Fetal Care Network at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is the only program in Arizona offering advanced fetal diagnosis and newborn medical and surgical intervention in utero. Families around the Valley have turned to the network for early surgery, helping to save and/or improve the lives of babies not yet born; see this local story. Parents facing high-risk pregnancy are routinely referred to the Network at Phoenix Children’s, and expectant parents can also contact them directly. The service is free. Arizona Fetal Care Network: 602-933-4411 or 855-826-4411.

Available for interviews:

  • Dr. Kathleen Van Leeuwen (previously Graziano), Director, Reproductive Anomalies & Disorders of Sexual Development Clinic
  • Families who’ve had pregnancy-intervention surgeries 

Flu Cases Rising this Season

At the end of December, 849 cases of influenza were reported for this flu season in Arizona; this includes a recent jump of nearly 600 cases in the last three weeks of the year. These are laboratory-confirmed cases identified in fifteen counties, split between influenza A, influenza B and some of an unknown type. Families concerned about the flu or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are encouraged to consult their child's doctor or local Phoenix Children’s urgent care center for a diagnosis, care center locations are found here.

Available for interviews:

  • Urgent care physicians to discuss flu cases they’ve seen so far this season
  • Families with children battling the flu this year

Healthy Weight Week is January 16-20

Obesity is the most prevalent nutritional disorder among children and adolescents in the United States. To address the needs of the community, the division of endocrinology at Phoenix Children’s has established the CARE Program to address the growing needs of children and adolescents with weight-related diseases. PCH also has a new NIH-funded research collaboration with ASU to test the effectiveness of family-centered, culturally grounded, lifestyle intervention program for obese Latino youth.

Available for interviews: 

  • Physicians and patient families available 
  • Spanish-speaking spokesperson(s) upon request

For more information or to schedule a story, contact

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