Patient Stories

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
Published on August 18, 2009
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Thanks to Dr. Starnes and all those wonderful surgeons, cardiologist and nurses. All of them helped my baby go through her second surgery. They did an amazing job, but I guess my baby's little heart couldn't handle it anymore and stopped beating on May 24, 2008. She went to... Read More
Published on July 14, 2009
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"I am so thrilled to be a coach for the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles team. I could be the team coach for Team Warner Brothers, or another well-known corporation, and it would be a great gig, but it wouldn’t have the same emotional impact that it does for me to give back to the... Read More
Published on July 7, 2009
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I had a great doctor, who's name is Dr. J.Gordon McComb. He was very nice and the nurses there treated me very nice. Since that operation I haven't had any seizures and I just graduated from high school on June 7, 2009.
Published on June 24, 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 ... I didn't... Read More
Published on April 19, 2009
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Originally printed in the Spring 2009 issue of Imagine magazine. An innovative approach to treating pediatric brain tumors is increasing survival rates while protecting children from harm. The story of pediatric cancer survivor and Children's Hospital Los Angeles patient, Kali... Read More
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Freddy’s Diagnosis Alfredo (Freddy), 15, had a history of hearing loss. In the summer of 2013, he was referred to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to see an ear specialist. The doctor identified something that could potentially be much more than just a hearing problem, so an MRI... Read More
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Tinisha recently reconnected with nurses from The Heart Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles when they crossed paths at an American Heart Association awareness walk in October. While there, Tinisha was excited to see some of the nurses who cared for her nearly 30 years... Read More
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It’s not uncommon to find five-year-old Natalia Gomez dancing to music. She loves to move her hands and kick her feet, as evidenced by her love for kicking off her shoes at a moment’s notice. Natalia appeared healthy when she was born. But a startling health scare at five... Read More
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The Landry Family's Story At twenty weeks pregnant, Dayna Landry and her husband, Clark, were eagerly anticipating learning the sex of their unborn baby. Just a few minutes into the ultrasound exam, the doctor paused. Something was wrong—very wrong. The doctor immediately... Read More
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More than half of the patients treated by the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are under five-years-old, including the world’s youngest HSCT patient, who received a transplant at three weeks of age. Since 1983, more than... Read More
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As a baby, Amanda was treated for leukemia at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  Now, at age seventeen, she's not only a survivor, but an abc7 Cool Kid as a result of her efforts to raise money for the hospital. Amanda, and her friend Angelica, presented a check for the money... Read More

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