Patient Stories

Published on January 14, 2014
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This story is shared in the words of Gina Rich, mother of Ava. In mid-February I noticed a bump on my daughter Ava's head. She was 8 at the time. I thought she must have just bumped it playing around with her brother but it never went away. I took Ava to her doctor and she... Read More
Published on July 13, 2013
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Hazel watches her message go viral on television! Thank you to the compassionate Reddit users who saw this photo and responded with a pizza delivery. If you're on Reddit and have seen the adorable photo below, please help Children's Hospital Los Angeles and patient mom... Read More
Published on March 8, 2013
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A Parent's Journey The journey with our baby, Cindy Hope, began when I was about 22 weeks pregnant. The ultrasound doctor was concerned with my unborn daughter’s heart. He referred me to a very good friend of his who works at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and examined baby’... Read More
Published on January 29, 2013
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When I gave birth to our second daughter, Emma, I knew something wasn’t right. Emma had Apgar scores of 0,0,7. She was stillborn, unable to breathe on her own and her heart was not doing well. They had to perform CPR and put a breathing tube in her. The team managed to stabilize... Read More
Published on January 28, 2013
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Our little angel, Jacqueline Amelia Medina, arrived on Dec. 18, 1993. She had emergency heart surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles12 hours after she was born. Jackie got to go home on Christmas Day. She was so tiny that the nurses brought her to us in a Christmas stocking... Read More
Published on November 20, 2012
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Angelica Pedraza: Share Your Story On August 21, 2012, I was diagnosed with preeclempsia when I was 35 weeks pregnant. I was 20 years old with my first baby. It was all too scary for me. My doctor wanted to deliver my baby at 35 weeks, but I wanted to wait so my baby's... Read More
Published on September 19, 2012
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From Heart Surgery to Senior Strength My congenital heart condition was diagnosed at six months of age. At the age of five in 1952, I underwent open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; yes, I can still remember some of my time there. Since then, I have... Read More
Published on August 29, 2012
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Dylan Dalton’s Story: Living with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Our baby boy, Dylan Elliott Dalton, was born on June 26, 2004. Just before bringing Dylan home, he was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. This is a very serious and complex heart defect. He was... Read More
Published on August 7, 2012
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Little Johnny's Journey: Learning to Live with Crouzon Syndrome Johnny is the youngest of six kids and the only one affected with Crouzon Syndrome. He was born on June 27, 2010 and the entire family was happy to receive the second boy in our family. When Johnny was... Read More
Published on October 7, 2011
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After two months at the NICU where he was born, he developed complications that required surgical intervention. He was flown, in the dead of night, to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which is four hours from our home. Upon arrival, I remember thinking, “How could this HUGE,... Read More
Published on May 24, 2010
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Ten-year-old, Alex Ito, is full of energy and smiles as he delivers an enthusiastic speech on history before his 5th grade classmates as the Marquis de Lafayette.... Read More
Published on May 6, 2010
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Thank you Dr. Starnes, Dr. Epstein, and all the surgeons, doctors, NURSES, and staff who saved my babies life, and were so kind to us during our stay. My Baby Boy is doing FABULOUS and is cleared for no cardiology visits for a year now. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! ♥... Read More
Published on May 4, 2010
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I grew up not near any hospitals and wish I had. I wanted to be near one and am so glad I was when Sean was born eleven years ago with VACTERLS Association [a non-random association of birth defects] as well as other health issues. Dr. Stein saved his life at three days old,... Read More
Published on April 5, 2010
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My daughter Antoinette Charmaigne was born with Spina Bifida. She transferred care from another hospital to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Spina Bifida clinic. We were truly blessed the day we started going there. When we found out about her condition, we were scared and... Read More
Published on March 11, 2010
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My son, La'Renzo, started having seizures on February 14, 2010. His seizures have been lasting five minutes and after his seizures, he sleeps for an hour or two. He has had a total of ten seizures in three weeks. His CAT scan was normal. He has an appointment on the 18th... Read More
Published on January 20, 2010
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In 2008, I had the opportunity to come to work for Children's Hospital Los Angeles as a Senior Systems Trainer in the Information Services Department. I never imagined coming back to Children's, much less to work here, after Ryane's passing. However my wife had a feeling that... Read More
Published on December 1, 2009
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They were worried about me leaving their hospital with Sally because of her kidney failure and I could not take her with her I.V. But they refused to transfer her to Children's Hospital Los Angeles via ambulance. So I drove her to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and they... Read More
Published on November 23, 2009
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My little sister has Down Syndrome. She had open heart surgery at the children's hospital and they were the best. I had never been there but being there made me and my family realize how lucky we are to have these doctors and nurses that are great. Inspired? Visit chla.... Read More
Published on September 22, 2009
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Post submitted by patient mom, Nancy  Mario, Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome survivor and varsity lineman. Our celebration of Mario’s 17th birthday was not just about having ‘another birthday’ party for him. We were celebrating the fact that Mario... Read More
Published on August 18, 2009
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Thanks to Dr. Starnes and all those wonderful surgeons, cardiologist and nurses. All of them helped my baby go through her second surgery. They did an amazing job, but I guess my baby's little heart couldn't handle it anymore and stopped beating on May 24, 2008. She went to... Read More

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