Patient Stories

Cancer Care

Isaac’s story: A boy with leukemia and his family’s drive to save his life

Our pediatric oncologists helped Isaac replace chemotherapy and bed rest with the freedom to be a kid again.

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We love to hear from families after their child’s care experience

After De’Jaye’s diagnosis of narcolepsy with cataplexy, Dr. Nandalike has advocated for my daughter and educated us as a family. We thank her for bringing so much light to our dark situation.

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Surgery

Jaelyn’s story: A road to recovery

After a serious car accident, UC Davis Children’s Hospital enveloped both my daughter and I in kindness, care and community. We felt as though we were part of a team, and everyone was invested in Jaelyn’s recovery.

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Football player receives a cheerful surprise and world-class care after game injury

Julian broke his arm in the fourth quarter after completing a tackle, and was admitted to UC Davis Children’s Hospital for surgery.

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Theodore’s story

Theodore first visited UC Davis in February 2019. Even though we never want to be back in a hospital, we love everything about UC Davis. He is now an energetic boy that loves to play, talk and go to school!

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Boy makes excellent recovery after ruptured brain aneurysm

James has continued to make great strides, relearning to ride a bike and taking piano lessons. He has gone back to the rock-climbing gym, a pastime he enjoyed before his world changed so drastically.

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Infant’s RSV exposes life-threatening heart defect

Pediatric nurse expresses gratitude after his co-workers save his daughter’s life.

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Maternity

One-in-a-million pregnancy brings woman to UC Davis Health

Her newborn son died of a rare disorder. Brianna Thompson was going to do everything she could to save her next child.

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Surgery

Defying the odds: Recovery of a teenage stroke survivor

17-year-old boy receives life-saving neurological care at UC Davis Medical Center.

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Fresno teenager was a picture of health and never dreamed he would have a heart attack

His first symptom was repeated vomiting. He thought it was something he had eaten at his football banquet dinner earlier that evening. But when he started having trouble breathing, his grandma called 911.

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Clinic helps 10-year-old with inflammatory bowel disease get back to being a kid

Adam Olson had always been a funny, active kid. But when his mom noticed he had low energy and lost his sense of humor, she turned to the experts at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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Heart and Vascular

Cardiac procedure saves child with superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome

“Dr. Frank Ing took one look at Zyllah and said that she had SVC syndrome. Right off the bat he knew it and he knew what to do to treat it. We were so relieved.”

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Heart and Vascular

Happy homecoming for local baby after high-risk heart procedures

JJ Gomez-Flores’ heart defect meant a long, scary road ahead. But he and his family would not be alone on the ride.

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Cancer Care

Michigan boy’s life and limb saved by UC Davis care team

Osteosarcoma meant 11-year-old Darren would likely lose his leg. But his family sought hope and another opinion.

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Staff shout-out to exceptional leader Dean Blumberg

Dr. Blumberg is kind and understanding with a great attitude and goes above and beyond to be helpful. He is a real tribute to UC Davis Health.

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We love to hear from families after their child’s care experience

Thanks to UC Davis Children’s Hospital Alaina has improved so much since her hospital stay. View her new photos to see how much she’s accomplished.

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Jenna’s story

Born with a cleft lip and palate, Jenna’s relied on the expertise of our Cleft & Craniofacial Reconstruction team. Because of her care experiences, she’s become an advocate for craniofacial patients around the world.

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Heart and Vascular

Baby with congenital heart disease finds winning care team

Lodi infant with Tetralogy of Fallot needed multiple heart surgeries.

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Maternity

Kashton’s story

How a mother’s care flight to UC Davis Medical Center and access to a nationally ranked level IV NICU welcomed baby Kashton into the world.

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Heart and Vascular

Innovative procedure buys time for newborn who needs heart surgery

Carter Vincent is living proof that a unique approach by doctors at UC Davis Children’s Hospital could successfully stave off major cardiac surgery just days after his birth.

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Surgery

Child gets lifesaving care after ruptured appendix

He was sicker than ever, and doctors couldn’t figure out what the problem was, his parents decided to transfer Seth to UC Davis Children’s Hospital where a pediatric care team immediately went to work on his healing.

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Maternity

Maternal-fetal medical team gives mom best hope for motherhood

After two failed pregnancies, Veronica Hopkins found a trusted health care partner at UC Davis Health and is now a mommy to 13-month-old Scarlett.

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Killian’s story

Diagnosed with Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) at two years old, Killian and his family are focused on making the most of every moment and are grateful for Killian’s care team.

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Emergency cardiac surgery saves baby Ellie

“Not once during our time in the hospital did we feel that Ellie was not in the best of hands. The level of care provided was beyond reproach and was a comfort to us that is something that we can never repay.”

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Heart and Vascular

Family grateful after son’s congenital heart condition is found during a free heart screening event

My son would never have met the clinical guidelines to warrant an echocardiogram! I can’t say enough about how much this screening has meant to us!

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Cassie’s story

“Thank you to the UC Davis NICU team and to all the people that have been involved in Cassie’s care. If it wasn’t for all of you guys involved, who knows where Cassie would be at this time.”

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Gianna had to have brain surgery. So did her dad.

“UC Davis, Dr. Zwienenberg and all of the other surgeons there, they’re just amazing,” said Kevin Arredondo.

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Maternity

Switching to UC Davis Health helps first-time parents find comfort during pregnancy and delivery

“From the physicians and residents to the ultrasound techs and phlebotomists, my team has been supportive of this first-time mother.”

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The amazing care made our journey less heart aching and more positive and bright

When Maggie was diagnosed with TB Meningitis at 8 months old, Jessica Yen and UC Davis Children’s Hospital made her family’s experience so comfortable and easy.

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Transfer to UC Davis Children’s Hospital saves micro-preemie twins’ lives

Local family grateful both daughters ultimately got the expert care each needed.

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