Patient Stories

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 orthopedic 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
Published on June 29, 2021
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After a rare heart disorder triggered severe liver problems, Mark needed a lifesaving dual organ transplant. Read how 11 hospital teams carried out the intricate procedure, a first at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Read More
Published on June 2, 2021
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Hearing your child is cancer-free after suffering from an aggressive brain tumor is the best news a parent can receive. Read one mom’s heartwarming thank you note to the doctors who saved her daughter’s life. Read More
Published on May 20, 2021
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When Lalia was seriously injured, her family wasn’t sure she’d survive. Thanks to her determination and the Rehabilitation Center at CHLA, her future is bright. Read More
Published on March 25, 2021
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Combining expertise with ingenuity, a team of cardiovascular specialists fixes a rare heart defect in a premature baby. Read More
Published on March 3, 2021
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During Javier’s yearlong course of care for cancer, the toddler and his parents found comfort in visits from a chaplain in the Spiritual Care Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Read More
Published on February 22, 2021
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Born at 25 weeks and just 2 pounds, Lincoln faces the precarious life of a micropreemie. But he has help—the vigilance of his parents and the expertise of multiple CHLA specialists. Read More

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