Patient Stories

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
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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