By Michael Vitez

The compassion of our clinicians

The complexity of our cases

The humanity of our patients

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A photo of baby Rey on the day she was born. The team gave the photo to her mother.

On April 13, a baby girl was born by cesarean section at Temple University Hospital. She weighed one pound, six ounces, at just 24 weeks of development. She was 12 inches long.

Cup your hands together and this new life would have fit inside.

Her mother had been living in an abandoned building. She had come to the hospital two weeks earlier, on March 31, when her water broke.

Doctors determined the baby’s due date was July 31 — in four months.

With the help of medications, the mother didn’t deliver for 14 days, reaching the very edge of viability. …

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By Michael Vitez

Reflections on our sixth Story Slam, held on October 16, 2019.

We had 11 storytellers, and what all had in common was their courage to stand on that stage, overcome their apprehensions, and share deeply personal stories about their lives in medicine, their discoveries and disappointments, their humorous moments and heartbreaking ones. …


Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Exceptional students, clinicians and researchers with zeal for education, research and patient care.

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