Patient Stories

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
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 exercised... Read More
Published on September 4, 2012
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Shonte's Story My 15 year old daughter, Shonte, had a stroke on January 31. After being in a coma for one month, she woke up with "Locked in Syndrome." It has been a long road to recovery but after being in several hospitals, we came to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where... 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 diagnosed he... Read More
Published on July 19, 2012
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Javier is one of the first members, along with Max Page, of Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Junior Ambassadors Program. Launched this year, the program invites kids and teens to support the hospital by inspiring them to become budding philanthropists, giving them the tools to... Read More
Published on June 18, 2012
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Max Page Is Back Home!   Five days after open heart surgery at The Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 7-year-old actor Max Page marched into a press conference Monday and announced he was ready to have a “milkshake.”   “I am excited about a lot of things,... Read More
Published on June 13, 2012
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Max Page, the little boy who entertained millions playing a mini Darth Vader in a 2011 Super Bowl ad, will undergo surgery to replace a pulmonary heart valve on June 14 at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The surgery will be performed by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles... 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 February 4, 2011
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[Update June 13, 2012]  Max Page, the little boy who entertained millions playing a mini Darth Vader in a 2011 Super Bowl ad, will undergo surgery to replace a pulmonary heart valve on June 14 at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Read our recent blog post about Max's upcoming... Read More
Published on August 18, 2010
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When L.A. Laker Pau Gasol visited us to observe Isabelle's spine surgery, ESPN.com took the opportunity to compare professional athletes to orthopaedic surgeons. But when we took a second look, we realized 13-year-old Isabelle has a lot more in common with the championship-... Read More
Published on July 8, 2010
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On his ambulance ride to our hospital, Tucker had to be resuscitated three times. He then spent his 1st week of life at our hospital on a special system, ECMO, a heart-lung bypass system that takes over circulatory and respiratory functions in infants whose systems fail. ... 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.   Given how he bounds up to the stage, you probably wouldn't have guessed that Alex underwent a... 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!!! ♥ God... 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

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