Patient Stories

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
Published on March 8, 2013
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A Parent's Journey
Published on March 4, 2013
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Danny's physician was preparing his parents, Carlos & Aracely, for the worst . . . soon, it would be time to take their 18-month old boy off of the machines keeping him alive. The toddler was living on a ventilator and a feeding tube and was in jeopardy of losing his life.... Read More
Published on February 25, 2013
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Joaquin Quiñonez Jr. didn’t know that he’d become “famous” on the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Facebook page. And he really didn’t know the impact his little message was having. But when he pasted the phrase “ENJOY LIFE!” in 2-foot-tall letters on his window facing Sunset... 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 January 7, 2013
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Be Happy! Be You! Nobody is Perfect! My name is Misty and I was born on April 21, 1993. I was born with amniotic constrictions in my toes and fingers. My mother told me I was transferred to Children's Hospital Los Angeles when I was a baby. I’m grateful this hospital did... Read More
Published on December 13, 2012
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The gift of song brightens the spirit and creates hope. Valerie Sun, a former Children’s Hospital Los Angeles bone marrow transplant (BMT) patient, would know. Singing has been a big part of Valerie’s life through singing in church and school choirs during her childhood years... Read More
Published on November 23, 2012
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Stephanie Geeves: Share Your Story Our beautiful daughter, Violet, was born on March 26, 2012. She was my perfect baby girl, even with the plethora of health conditions she was later diagnosed with having. The day after she was born, the doctors did their “rounds” and noticed... 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

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