Patient Stories

Published on May 5, 2022
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Eight-year-old Brooklyn, a CHLA patient with dysphagia, conducts an annual Play-Doh drive, to give back to the occupational therapist who has worked for years with her to try to overcome the swallowing disorder. Read More
Published on May 2, 2022
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An experimental treatment for Down syndrome regression disorder is helping one young teen recover her ability to function in the world. Read More
Published on April 27, 2022
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Reid’s struggle to survive as an infant ended when Children’s Hospital Los Angeles doctors discovered a severe blockage in his esophagus. Nearly a dozen surgical procedures by the time he was 3 paved the way for the Boy Scout to become an Antarctic explorer as a teen. Read More
Published on April 25, 2022
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Tiredness and fatigue. Frequent headaches. Brain fog. These are just a few symptoms of long COVID that can persist weeks after a COVID-19 infection. Find out how researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are studying new ways to manage and potentially treat long COVID. Read More
Published on February 16, 2022
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The 5-year-old's family credits a team of fracture experts at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for helping their daughter recover from a playground accident. Read More
Published on February 12, 2022
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How organ donations and a top-notch pediatric heart care team saved their lives. Read More
Published on February 3, 2022
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A tumor was found in Jake’s chest only months after his younger brother Dane finished treatment for leukemia. Unable to find a genetic link that might explain why, CHLA doctors worked to save both their lives. Read More
Published on January 21, 2022
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Diagnosed with acute liver failure and her health rapidly deteriorating, it seemed like 11-month-old Lennon would need a miracle to survive. Thanks to a team of specialists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, she just celebrated her third birthday. By Eunice Oh... Read More
Published on December 28, 2021
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Kelly was concerned that the curves in his spine would stop him from doing the things that he loves. He got news he had to undergo surgery for his scolisis, but with a treatment plan and hard work he was able to bounce back. Read More
Published on November 12, 2021
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Expertise and state-of-the-art technology helped Emme get a new heart at the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Read More
Published on November 5, 2021
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Born with the same heart defect, father-and-son Jeff and Bryce had their lives saved decades apart by the same surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Read More
Published on November 2, 2021
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Ethan had Wilms tumor, the most common type of kidney cancer in children. Most patients are diagnosed between the ages of 1 and 4—and the tumors are often quite large. Read More
Published on October 29, 2021
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After being treated with a breakthrough gene therapy at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for a genetic eye disorder, 5-year-old Natalia can now see clearly for the first time in her life. Read More
Published on October 27, 2021
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Inspired by fictional and real-life heroes, Daniel is bravely tackling medulloblastoma alongside a team of experts in the Cancer and Blood Disease Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Read More
Published on October 25, 2021
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Born with an upper limb difference—and a healthy dose of self-confidence— 4-year-old Mila shows she can do anything she puts her mind to. Read More
Published on October 19, 2021
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After being treated with a breakthrough gene therapy at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for a genetic eye disorder, 5-year-old Natalia can now see clearly for the first time in her life. Read More
Published on October 4, 2021
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Ten years after Desiree’s third open-heart surgery for congenital heart defects at CHLA’s Heart Institute, her family knew exactly where they needed to be when it was time for her fourth and fifth. Read More
Published on September 28, 2021
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“With MIS-C, it’s important to test kids six months after their illness because they can have residual heart inflammation,” says Andrew Souza, DO. Read More
Published on September 15, 2021
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Diagnosed with a severe form of scoliosis, Cai needed surgery. Read how pediatric orthopaedic experts at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles used magnetic growing rods to straighten—and strengthen—his spine. Read More
Published on September 8, 2021
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A large tumor in his brain was triggering seizures. Read how neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles changed little Owen’s life. Read More

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