Alyssa Williams, at ten days old, was born at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital slightly underweight. Through a grant from the Obama Administration to study the brain, scientists are monitoring development at all ages.
Mary Lee McGraw has come to the Allendale, S.C. clinic suffering chest pain. Her neighbor Margaret Wright, left, discusses her medication with Dr. Keith Young. Typically, patients at rural health clinics wait till their physical problems escalate into something far worse than the original ailment.
Dr. Lei Lei, left, takes the air out of a glass cup with a flame, then places one of several cups on patient Michael Blasgen, who was visiting the Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark docked for a week at the San Diego waterfront.
Kyla Winters adjusts the ankle of one of her prosthetic legs. Winters nearly lost her life when she fell ill at a party. At the hospital, all her systems went into failure. What followed, with the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis was a series of operations, procedures, amputations and eventually a kidney transplant from her twin sister before she was able to leave the hospital.
A surgical team at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla perform brain surgery to replace part of a 40-year-old stroke victim's cranium that was removed several weeks prior in order to relieve life-threatening pressure in the brain due to the extreme nature of the stroke.
Handle With Care
A newborn is handed to his mother in the hospital.