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Imagine 2015

Imagine magazine is a collection of our best storytelling, stories that chronicle our unique patient experiences, highlight our superior care for children and document our breakthroughs in research.


Year in Review

A roundup of CHLA highlights, achievements, breakthroughs and success stories from 2015.

A Gift for Gabriel

Two-year-old Gabriel Lopez had been hospitalized for more than a year, hooked up to a 200-pound machine. Then, on Christmas Eve, he got the gift of a lifetime.

Standing Tall

In his 19 years on earth, Noah Akaka has had two very unlikely diseases and more health issues than anyone should have to deal with. Yet he is unfazed.

Ahead of the Curve

Juliette Clark feared her scoliosis would end her water polo dreams. The Children’s Spine Center helped her get back in the pool—and onto the podium.

Casting Call

Luis Ruiz can create a perfect-fitting cast for a child in as little as five to 10 minutes. Then, it’s time to have some fun.

What's Driving Josie Hull?

Propelled by her stand-up wheelchair, her indomitable mother and her own unfaltering spirit, the former conjoined twin is pursuing a life beyond all expectation.

Shelf Confidence

In CHLA’s Literally Healing Program, books are a means of recreation and therapy, providing children with an understanding of their condition and the strength to help them through treatment.

Digital Doctoring

Wearable computers have hit the mainstream, but these consumer products are more focused on fitness than health care. Conventional medical applications have tended toward heart monitors, used most often in adults. But that reality is changing.

The Dawn of Avery

After a lifetime of struggling with gender dysphoria, a teenager finds new hope—and begins a remarkable transition.