Patient Stories

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 July 19, 2011
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It's not often a young patient comes to the hospital smiling as brightly as 10-year-old Manny Hernandez was when he arrived at the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion on Sunday. But this was no ordinary day at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Hernandez, who has been treated... 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 October 15, 2010
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Cancer patient Samantha De La Torre, age 7, and her parents Grace and Adrian were recently the fortunate recipients of a week-long trip to Disney World in Florida thanks to Dream Factory and American Airlines. Dr. Stuart Siegel, Director of the Children's Center for Cancer... 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 19, 2010
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On Wednesday, July 7th, the Briseno Family returned to Dodger Stadium a month after their 3-year-old daughter, Janelle, sustained injuries from a stray line drive at a game on June 7th. The little girl was rushed to our hospital's Emergency Department to receive treatment for... 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
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 with... 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 January 14, 2010
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From the begining of our children's births, we knew we had to be positive and that everything happens for a reason. We ended up at Children's Hospital for a reason. And we met some of the most amazing people. All the NICCU Doctors were awesome and we got to know some of them... Read More
Published on December 18, 2009
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Zachary could not handle life and he could not handle the many treatments that were working for other children with autism. He was dealing with something else, something that could quietly take him to a fragile and critical state destroying his body and our lives. We spent hours... 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 took... 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.org/... Read More
Published on October 14, 2009
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This year, with the help of Dr. Kaufman, I changed the way I measure my sugar levels. My mom got me a continuous glucose monitor which is a small sensor that I wear all the time that communicates with the insulin pump that I keep in my riding pants pocket. It alerts me when my... 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 is still with us, healthy... Read More

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