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Heart and Vascular
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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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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Surgery

Pediatric Heart Center saves baby Emerald

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

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Surgery

From routine check-ups to life-saving care

Testimonial submitted by Jessica Mendoza, Xavier’s mother.

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Heart and Vascular

Amazing teamwork, amazing care

Testimonial submitted by Valerie Winn, Adrienne’s mother

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Children's Health

Isabella's road to recovery

Testimonial submitted by Guido Lazzerini, Isabella’s dad.

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Heart and Vascular

Flash-forward – Pediatric heart patient is healthy and thriving

Testimonial submitted by Jennifer Benning, whose son Cody had heart surgery following a congenital heart defect diagnosis.

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Heart and Vascular

Micro-preemie, pediatric cardiology and eye surgery patient is family's 'miracle'

Mark and Melanie Payne’s story started like a storybook romance. They were college sweethearts. Mark was the captain of the UC Davis basketball team. Melanie was the captain of the UC Davis volleyball team.

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Surgery

Grace's story

“Grace loves everyone and everyone loves Grace.” That is how people see this little superhero.

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Surgery

Saving Avery

Baby Avery was just a week old and in severe circulatory distress when her parents, Eric and Kim Griffiths, rushed her along twisting Tuolumne County mountain roads.

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Heart and Vascular

Baby Aiden Couldn't Eat

All we knew was that our infant son, Aiden, couldn’t eat. He also had terrible bloating. The first hospital we visited told us the reason he couldn’t keep food down–eating only 2 ounces at a time–was gas.

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Surgery

Born with Ectopia Cordis

I was brought to UC Davis Hospital when I was 25 weeks pregnant with my daughter, Taylor. I went in for an ultrasound thinking my daughter had hypoplatic left heart syndrome.

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Heart and Vascular

Guy Ciapponi–Four Years Later

This story begins in 2012. Shortly before Thanksgiving of that year, Erin Ciapponi delivered her second child at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, Calif.

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Surgery

Dr. Raff and UC Davis Children's Hospital Team Make Rob Whole Again

When our son, 14-year-old Rob, pointed his skis downhill and pushed off to compete in the high school ski race in March, few in the crowd knew his story.

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Heart and Vascular

Baby Liam Thrives!

At my routine 20 week pregnancy ultrasound, a heart abnormality was identified. Soon after, via a fetal echocardiogram, Pediatric Cardiology diagnosed my soon-to-be-born son, Liam, with Truncus Arteriosus.

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Surgery

My Moment

I looked to my left, and in the darkest hours of the night I could just make out their faces. My husband, Aaron, so handsome and sleeping so soundly, with his head barely on his pillow.

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