Patient Stories

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
Published on March 24, 2015
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles might have its very own illustrated superhero, thanks to 16-year-old patient Victoria Kane.A triple threatTory, as she likes to be called, has been in and out of CHLA since she arrived at the hospital at age 7 as a retinoblastoma survivor for... Read More
Published on February 23, 2015
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More than 30 surgeries to correct his chest, rib and spinal abnormalities have not been able to diminish the courage of Alex Ito. An uneventful pregnancy left Wendy and John Ito blindsided by what ensued after Wendy gave birth in July 1999: Their new son, Alex, was diagnosed... Read More
Published on February 12, 2015
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On Valentine’s Day, most people receive cards immersed in proclamations of love and red or pink symbols of the heart. But what if you received a card with a picture of a ventricular assist device (VAD)? Many of you might be confused. But to a select few, this is a proclamation... Read More
Published on January 12, 2015
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Joshua with his cast. At just 4 years old, Joshua Solis knows his way to the Children’s Orthopaedic Center, notices when kids have casts like he did, and refers to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as “my hospital.” That’s no surprise since he has been treated by Alexandre... Read More
Published on December 3, 2014
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‘Cancer’ is a depleting word to anyone who is experiencing or has experienced those six-letters. It is a life-changing word that can often define a person for worse or better. To 12-year-old Juan Moreno, he chose the latter. The word has defined him as a resilient, determined,... Read More
Published on October 17, 2014
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Editor’s Note: This blog was written by one of our patients and provides a closer look at the challenges young athletes face during injury.                   My name is Michael Osborn and I am a rising senior at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California. I have been... Read More
Published on October 8, 2014
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Big round eyes, the biggest smile one will ever see and a beautiful, bald head. These are characteristics shared by Ella, Barbie’s doll friend made by Mattel, and Grace Bumstead, 4-year-old patient of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles who is currently fighting Ph+ acute... Read More
Published on October 1, 2014
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Few things are more inspiring than meeting a young person who has faced extreme adversity head on and come out stronger than ever. Kate Lopez is one of these inspiring young people. A long, brave journey In September 2011, Kate was a carefree and vivacious 12-year-old excited... Read More
Published on August 15, 2014
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When Tania was born at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California she was born with two clubbed feet—her feet were turned inward. At four days old, she made her first visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. When making a decision about where to take Tania, her... Read More
Published on August 7, 2014
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Star Wars characters in the cafeteria, a horse in the Radiology Lab and a trap door in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) are not typical things seen at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, but for 8-year-old Dylan Prunty, these imaginative things exist in his LEGO tribute to... Read More
Published on June 5, 2014
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At 14 years old, Eileen Garrido is an accomplished singer, Junior Ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and has established her own nonprofit called the Beating Hearts Foundation. She is also a heart patient at CHLA, scheduled for her third heart surgery on Tuesday,... Read More
Published on January 21, 2014
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The following letter was sent in by Trish Bumpus, mother of Lilly Bumpus, a little girl who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma (a rare bone cancer) before she was 4 months old. Dear team of doctors, nurses and Child Life specialists in the Division of Hematology/Oncology,... Read More
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 December 20, 2013
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Save the date or set your DVR for Imagine: A Celebration of Hope, a three-time Emmy award winning, television special. Date: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Channel: ABC7 Hashtag: #ImagineCHLA Share on Twitter Be moved and inspired by these patient stories: A... 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 28, 2013
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My amazing boy, Michael, has Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS) as do many other strong, talented and brave children. Most of the time, this syndrome is caught very early in life. Michael wasn't diagnosed until he was seven years old. SDS is a rare genetic disorder involving... Read More

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