Using a cutting-edge research program, Cecelia Valrie (class of 1999) is working with doctors and East Carolina medical students to understand and help children with lifelong, painful illnesses live more normal lives.
A pediatric doctor by trade, Dr. Hughes uses his facility for language and propensity for humor and rhyming expressiveness in virtually every arena of his life, including in his occupation and family folklore.
At Levine Children’s Hospital, procedures such as open-heart surgery can repair congenital heart defects. Cape Fear Valley Heart and Vascular Center offers pacemaker and defibrillator aftercare. Through such facilities and cutting edge medical procedures, cardiac conditions like an open valve or arrhythmia no longer close the door to a new lease on or extension of life.