Katharin Czink is WGN’s Medical Watch Producer.

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  • Boy beats cancer with help from doctor’s creative twist of a knee

    CHICAGO — The creativity of one doctor turned a leg backwards to put a life on the right path and helped an active young boy beat cancer. 11-year-old Jamari Sanders loves sports. “Mostly basketball, but football too. Shooting around and dribbling,” he said. And he does it all on a reconstructed leg and prosthetic. “I pretty much can do everything,” Jamari said. Intense pain was the first sign of trouble and it started when Jamari was 8-years-old. “I couldn’t walk,” […]

  • Crossing the border and staying together, shelter helps those awaiting court

    WGN’s Dina Bair has reported from the Texas-Mexico border this week. SAN BENITO, Texas — Many headlines focus on the stories of adults and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. But some families are crossing into America and staying together. WGN’s Dina Bair visited that immigration shelter La Posada Providencia, that gets calls directly from immigration officials asking the staff of nuns to help. People come to the shelter from all over the world. This month alone they arrived from […]

  • Dina Bair talks about her tour of border protection sorting facility

    WGN’s Dina Bair has reported from the Texas-Mexico border this week. MCALLEN, Texas — WGN’s Dina Bair was able to tour a border protection sorting facility. “The children and adults are in separate cages,” Bair said. “They are cleaned with mylar blankets. The children are not crying. In fact, they are so quiet it is eerie.” When Sister Norma comes they all beg her to get them out.

  • Chicagoans lend a hand at border facility for families seeking asylum

    WGN’s Dina Bair has reported from the Texas-Mexico border this week. MCALLEN, Tex. — A handful of Chicago priests made the journey to Texas Wednesday to observe how the church is helping immigrants and asylum-seekers along the border. For those who meet the requirements of asylum-seekers, after they’re released from border protection custody, they may move over to Sister Norma Pimentel’s Humanitarian Respite Center. “It might be the mother is pregnant or the infant is fragile,” sister Norma said. “They […]

  • A look inside border immigration facility that runs with help from Chicago

    WGN’s Dina Bair has reported from the Texas-Mexico border this week. MCALLEN, Tex. — A group from Chicago is working on the border, learning and promising to help understand the immigration crisis. There are legal aspects of immigration that are swirling through the courts. But there are others who are not concerned about the legal process instead just trying to take care of people in need. Most crossing the Texas –Mexico border end up at the border protection facility in […]

  • Worshipping at the border with help from Chicago

    WGN’s Dina Bair has reported from the Texas-Mexico border this week. MCALLEN, Texas — As the desperate attempts are underway to reunite parents and children, there are others working tirelessly to take care of families in need. 150 to 200 families come to the Humantirian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas every day. And just a few miles away, the Sacred Heart of Jesus church is being built with donations from Chicago.  The church will be accessible to those who cross […]

  • Boy born without arms able to ride his bike with help from innovative device

    A boy and a bike. It’s simple. A 13-year-old who wants to spend the summer out riding with his buddies. But for Tim Bannon, 13, it’s a bit more complicated. “I really wanted, since I was about 7, a real bike,” Tim said. “My grandfather actually just gave me a regular, normal bike out of the trash, like a recycled bike, and I was like, ‘Wow this is amazing.’” “My dad likes to go around and collect items that he […]

  • Literature teacher encourages students’ dreams through deep lessons

    WGN’s June Teacher of the Month teaches literacy, but it’s her own words that inspire her students, and her lessons are designed with deeper meaning in mind. “Let’s share some of our dreams,” Josephine Hatch-Skipper said. “I have a similar background with the students growing up in Chicago, so I just wanted them to have an adult in their life that believes in them and wants them to know that they can achieve anything.” That is the central theme in […]

  • Taking kids from parents at the border could affect development, experts say

    The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics getting into the immigration controversy, calling the separation of children from their parents at the border “child abuse.” Children’s mental health experts say the emotional harm kids experience in such situations will have a long-term effect on their brain development. The toxic stress of being torn from stability disrupts brain architecture, which can hamper language, social-emotional bonds and gross motor skills. “If it’s under this level of uncertainly or unpredictability, the potential […]

  • How a local scientist keeps blood supply safe and flowing

    CHICAGO — Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a unit of blood. WGN News takes a closer look at how scientists are working to keep the blood supply safe and flowing. John R. Hackett, Jr., is a virus hunter. He’s part of an Abbott global surveillance program that looks for rare strains of known viruses, but also hopes to detect new ones well before they invade the blood supply. “Abbott tests are used to screen more than 60 […]