Browse 2022 Blog Posts: Patient Stories

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

See a homemade thank you card we received from the Gibson family.

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From infant to teenager, UC Davis Children’s Hospital has always been by Josiah’s side

For Charlotte and Josiah, leaving a NICU wasn’t the end. It was the beginning of a relationship with UC Davis Children’s Hospital, as specialists continued to care for Josiah for years.

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UC Davis Health gives patient a second chance at life — twice

After being airlifted to UC Davis Health’s Department of Emergency Medicine, the area’s only level I trauma center, Bassem endured a nine-week hospitalization where doctors helped him both physically and emotionally.

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Surgery

A new hip for a patient with rare neuromuscular condition

Malena was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when she was 15 months old. Now as a 16-year-old she successfully received a hip replacement, and the operation has been a game-changer.

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Patient born with organs outside of her abdomen receives transformative care

The birth defect, known as an omphalocele, required the higher level of expertise of the UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center team.

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Undiagnosed celiac disease is local family’s cautionary tale for other parents

A visit to UC Davis Children’s Hospital finally yielded a diagnosis that saved Piper’s life.

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Surgery

After a longboarding accident, a patient fights to regain all that was lost

Kyle was transported to the UC Davis Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where he spent 43 days fighting for survival.

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Cancer Care

Pediatric cancer diagnosis leads to panic, then relief for local family

Christina knew her toddler was ill and tried to get answers. But it wasn’t until she took her daughter to the UC Davis Pediatric Emergency Room that she would finally know for sure what was wrong – Emily had cancer.

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Zoey’s story: Pediatric urologist named family’s hero after diagnosis of rare condition

“With help from Dr. Kurzrock and his team, Zoey has gained confidence. She’s even been able to help others who share her condition.” Now a teenager, she is a spirited girl who enjoys karate, swimming and diving.

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“It is priceless for a mother to feel such confidence in the medical care that her child receives.”

UC Davis’ pediatric endocrinology team has helped 6-year-old Scarlett live a healthy life after she was born with a rare condition.

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Heart and Vascular

Game-changing heart surgery helps premature baby

Born at 25 weeks, Mateo was diagnosed with superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome and transported to UC Davis Children’s Hospital where world-renowned pediatric cardiologist Frank Ing performed life-saving surgery.

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Heart and Vascular

Pediatric cardiologist performs life-saving surgery on baby with rare heart condition

The Carson family had no idea their daughter had a rare congenital heart defect until she was airlifted to UC Davis after her heart was compressing her windpipe.

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Cancer Care

Facility dog Daniels doles out affection and comfort to teen with brain cancer

We will forever hold Daniels dear in our hearts as her ‘only wonderful thing about this whole ordeal.’

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“Having a baby in the NICU was the hardest thing we have had to endure.”

Learn how the Beads of Courage program helped a family get through their hardest days.

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World-class pediatric care helps family after a complicated twin pregnancy

Born at 31 weeks, Miley and Sofia’s family are grateful for the phenomenal care and compassion they received at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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Unique care and support for patient diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

From the diagnosis, to treatment options, to our daily living, Dr. McDonald and his team have helped us through it all!

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Exceptional teamwork and care helps Jordyn recover during her hospital stay

Thanks to pediatric GI specialist Kelly Beth Haas and UC Davis Children’s Hospital nurses, Jordyn received top expertise after being admitted to Davis 7 and even won a Minecraft Lego set during Zoom Bingo.

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