Patient Stories

Published on November 26, 2015
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A serious heart defect isn’t stopping Maceo Alvarez from playing his favorite sport—and helping other sick children at the holidays. Maceo Alvarez likes a lot of sports—but nothing compares with his love for football. “He’s like a football addict,” his mother, Monique Esparza,... Read More
Published on November 20, 2015
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“You get to hit the ball,” explains 6-year-old Jonny Maldonado. “And you get to run.” The Bakersfield first-grader is talking about why baseball has become one of his favorite sports (along with soccer and wrestling). Last spring, he played shortstop on his first T-ball team,... Read More
Published on November 19, 2015
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In hindsight, there were small signs that something was wrong with 5-year-old Kylie Wines; but nothing the average parent would consider out of the ordinary. “We were trying to teach her how to ride a bike,” says her mom, Tasha, and it was proving to be quite a challenge. “... Read More
Published on November 17, 2015
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John Escolero has lots of plans for the future. He wants to be a computer animator. He wants to one day have his own family. And he wants to be independent and have some fun—and freedom. “I didn’t have as much freedom as a kid, so I’d like to have some freedom and fun as an... Read More
Published on November 12, 2015
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Like any other aspiring fashion designer, 5-year-old Emily Jarquin knows that the right shoes are an essential part of every outfit. So this past summer, before heading off to her radiation appointments at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, she would slip on an elegant pair of... Read More
Published on November 11, 2015
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Alex Idolor is an energetic 10-year-old who has loved sports ever since he could walk. But five years ago, he started feeling uncharacteristically weak. Constantly hungry and extremely tired, Alex began to fall asleep at swim practice and had trouble chasing a soccer ball. More... Read More
Published on October 30, 2015
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When Vivian Bui was 10 years old, she began to get tired a lot. She also started to lose weight and needed to use the restroom constantly. To get some answers, she went to a place she was familiar with as a native of Los Angeles: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There she was... Read More
Published on October 29, 2015
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On Oct. 9, just before the start of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first playoff game against the New York Mets, a pint-sized figure in a Dodger jersey and cap—and a frilly, powder-blue tutu—strolled onto the field at Dodger Stadium in front of 52,000 cheering fans. The tutu-... Read More
Published on October 28, 2015
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Coleman Giles looks and acts like an average 12-year-old kid. “I like to ride my bike, hang out with my friends, ride my trick scooter, play soccer, boxing,” he says. You can’t tell by looking at him that the heart that beats in his chest is not the one he was born with. Of... Read More
Published on October 23, 2015
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Vania Dzib Delgado had just celebrated her 10th birthday when she noticed something wasn’t quite right. Underweight and growing increasingly exhausted, she was taken to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where doctors diagnosed her with systemic lupus—an autoimmune disease in... Read More
Published on October 22, 2015
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The Internet's 'Pizza Girl' bites back at cancer Hazel Hammersley, a usually bubbly toddler, was clearly in pain. She also had a fever, had stopped eating and was very lethargic. Lauren Hammersley’s motherly instincts told her that something just wasn’t right. “I took her to... Read More
Published on October 9, 2015
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Two-year-old Gabriel Lopez had been hospitalized for more than a year, hooked up to a 200-pound machine. Then, on Christmas Eve, he got the gift of a lifetime. Monica Horn, RN, CCRN, CCTC, was tired. That wasn’t surprising, considering it was the middle of the night, and Horn... Read More
Published on October 8, 2015
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At 5 years old, Grace Bumstead already knows how to command a room; she’s spunky, fun and ambitious. So much so that people who meet her now might never guess that she is currently fighting a scary thing called cancer, and has already gone through months of intense treatment.... Read More
Published on October 5, 2015
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We’ve all had dreams of what we wanted to be when we grow up. Those dreams often change; One day, it’s an astronaut, the next a veterinarian. These choices vary because the future seems so distant and the possibilities are endless. But what if your choice changed based on a... Read More
Published on September 23, 2015
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Kylee Postel is 12 years old and one of the biggest advocates for mitochondrial disease. She’s been battling the disease since she was born and has undergone over 30 surgeries at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. For the past several years, she and her family have developed the... Read More
Published on September 16, 2015
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Training for a triathlon is tough. It’s a physical and mental challenge for most to train for not only one activity, but three. Then, add trying to fundraise from friends, family and colleagues, and the challenge becomes palpable. But every September, despite the countless worn... Read More
Published on June 30, 2015
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Haven Forner Receives Life-Changing Care From CHLA’s ECMO Program One of the largest of its kind in California, the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has served more than 1,100 critically ill children since the program’s... Read More
Published on May 20, 2015
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A minor cut almost took 11-year-old Jonah’s life. Now, he and his brothers are giving back to CHLA—for a ‘Dreamnight’ at the Los Angeles Zoo.  Jonah (center) along with his twin brothers present a check to the Blood Donor Center. Meet the Osterman brothers: Jonah,... Read More
Published on May 14, 2015
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  The Center for Fetal and Neonatal Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is designed to care for mothers and children from the moment an abnormality is detected in a fetus, through pregnancy and delivery and after birth. That is what the center did for Dinusha de Silva... Read More
Published on April 23, 2015
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With the support of his family and the care of an expert doctor from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a transgender teen embarks on a life-changing transition. Like a lot of teens, high school sophomore Avery Wallace loves sports and music and has begun researching colleges.... Read More

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