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Surgeons use collarbone to create new upper arm for young cancer patient

Exceptionally rare procedure helps 9-year-old avoid amputation after she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

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Heart and Vascular

UC Davis doctor first in the world to implant a retrievable leadless pacemaker in a child

“It’s amazing how small the device is. It’s like the size of one AA battery,” said Heather Hayes, whose son Matias was the first to have the procedure done.

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Local teen walks again after tubing accident, thanks to UC Davis Children’s Hospital

Julia was a talented gymnast. She had just taken first place at a regional competition and her future looked bright. On a day out with friends, that future changed dramatically when she had a water tubing accident.

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Surgery

Local fetal and cardiac surgery team saves Folsom baby with heart defect

When a routine ultrasound at 20 weeks revealed a potential heart defect in their developing baby, Stephanie and Travis Dover of Folsom were caught off guard.

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Cancer Care

Mom’s ‘gut feeling’ leads to daughter’s cancer diagnosis, treatment at UC Davis

Peyton, a sassy, spirited girl who had endless energy was just not herself, so her mom took the then 3-year-old into the local urgent care clinic near their home and insisted on a blood test.

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Father, daughter treated for diabetes by same UC Davis team

Not only does Elena have her dad to help her through her new diagnosis, she has the same care team helping to manage her diabetes.

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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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