Patient Stories

Maternity

Another Fontan patient joins motherhood with healthy baby

With help from UC Davis Health, patient Karla Barrientos had baby Andrea.

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World-class expertise helps teen make miraculous recovery

After being diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease, Ashley spent months at UC Davis Children’s Hospital where life-saving care, optimism, and genuine love got her back to her life and the people she loves.

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Surgery

Thanks to the amazing care at UC Davis, Alana is now a thriving, independent and healthy little girl

After spending 119 days in the NICU, the Bender family could finally take their miracle baby home. Six years later, Alana is healthy, energetic, loves music, dancing and her family.

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Maternity

Fontan patient fulfills her dreams of motherhood

Born with only one functional heart ventricle, Kayla Price always thought that having a baby wasn’t in the cards. But then she got her miracle.

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Surgery

The specialists who gave a boy a heart for life

After being born with a rare heart defect, Damian overcame three open-heart surgeries with the help of pediatric specialists who provided life-saving care and support to him and his family.

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Surgery

Multiple heart surgeries set the stage for a promising future

Casey was born with a congenital heart defect and needed a series of surgeries to repair it. Now as a 16-year-old, he lives a normal teenage life as he pursues photography, engineering and a promising future.

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Children's Health

Healing local athletes

After suffering a sports injury, Julian and his family turned to his local pediatrician for help.

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Maternity

Staff shout-out to nurse Michelle Duncan

Michelle Duncan helps mother through a tough delivery.

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Maternity

Becoming a first-time parent amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Choosing UC Davis Health – and placing my family’s care in the hands of such genuinely amazing people – was a no-brainer.

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Cancer

10-year-old girl fights leukemia battle with resilience, grace

Jessenia Muro looks forward to next chapter, after year of chemotherapy.

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Children's Health

Triple the joy

Read how UC Davis Health handled a very special delivery.

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Surgery

Baby Aria saved by UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center

Read how fetal interventions helped baby Aria after she was diagnosed with hydrops.

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Pregnant mom battles COVID-19, delivers baby while in ICU

Read how Diana Estrada-Arauza gave birth to a healthy baby boy at UC Davis Children’s Hospital after being successfully treated for community acquired COVID-19 during her pregnancy.

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Surgery

After a decade, UC Davis neurosurgeons provide epilepsy relief

Read how neurosurgery at UC Davis Children's Hospital changed Kate Bornino's life.

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The science that gave a girl who couldn't hear an ear for music

When Gianna was born blind and deaf, she wasn’t guaranteed a regular childhood. By accessing UC Davis Health, she became one of the youngest patients to ever receive cochlear implants.

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Maternity

Supportive doctors make baby Stella’s arrival even more wonderful

Testimonial submitted by Stephanie Walsh, labor and delivery patient

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Surgery

Pediatric Heart Center saves baby Emerald

Testimonial submitted by Mike and Kendra Lamm, parents of pediatric heart patient Emerald

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Why Asha chose UC Davis Health for her family's care

My mom worked for UC Davis when I was a child and retired after 36 years, so we have always had our care under UC Davis Health. When I started my own family, I chose UC Davis Health

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Maternity

Staff shout out to Dr. Sunderji

Staff shout out submitted by Tabitha Downs

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Maternity

Staff shout out to Natasha Nieto

Staff shout out submitted by Debbie Albert

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