"Pioneers" (Part 3) follows staffers at Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital as they use new techniques and therapies. Two children receive grafts of a "cultured skin product." One is a boy who was struck by a lawnmower; the other is a girl with a horribly disfiguring mole on her left arm. A nonsurgical therapy called "serial casting" helps children with cerebral palsy walk. A new drug improves bloodflow to an infant's lungs. And a finely targeted form of radiation known as Intrabeam might help a 14-year-old girl who has had four brain-tumor operations in five years. Sherry Stringfield narrates.
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