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Read these stories about members of the CHOC family - doctors, nurses, employees, volunteers, donors and patients - to learn more about their passion for the hospital and the services we provide.

 



OUR STORIES

William

William
William, now healthy and happy, became “The Best Eater” among his kindergarten classmates!


Della

Della
Caitlin and Chad Calder are Grateful for Second Chances


Garrett

Garrett
A super team of doctors and nurses at CHOC Children's treat Garrett, a pint-sized super hero.


Talan

Talan
Mari Smith learned that faith in the NICU team - and in her son's strength - made the difference.


Nathasha

Nathasha
Exceptional care at CHOC Children's helps baby diagnosed with rare breathing disorder.


Cesar

Cesar
Cesar Galvan is able to walk again thanks to treatment and physical therapy at CHOC.


Cassidy

Cassidy
Cassidy started kindergarten one month after the major open-heart surgery that saved her life.


Brett

Brett
Outstanding research efforts enable Brett to live with CF


Airic

Airic
Complex heart valve surgery saves boy's life.


Johnny

Johnny
Johnny knew that eventually he would come to CHOC for treatment - but not until he was ready.


Sara

Sara
Sara suffered from cerebral palsy, and came to the CHOC Neuroscience Institute for treatment.


Brant

Brant
Experience at CHOC leads Brant Whiting to make a positive difference in the lives of others


Derek

Derek
Derek came to us with water on the brain, and now, thanks to surgery, he's back in the pool.


Spencer

Spencer
When Spencer began having seizures, his mother had no idea what kind of battle lay ahead for her little boy.


Megan

Megan
CHOC Children's helped Megan who complained for years that she had trouble swallowing food.


Ryen

Ryen
Intense Feeding Therapy Frees Young Boy from G-Tube


Nathan

Nathan
CHOC Children's helped Nathan when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.


Colin

Colin
Family's long battle with baby's illness creates strong bonds with CHOC nurses and doctors.


Miles

Miles
Mother and son bond during the road to recovery.


Garrett

Garrett
Shortly after Garrett was born, his parents received the news that he had a quadruple heart defect.


Alexa

Alexa
Walking for the Gift of Life.


Zachary

Zachary
CHOC Doctor uses minimally invasive procedure to correct chest deformity.


Jace

Jace
Young burn victim beats the odds after being given a 10 percent chance of survival.


Monique

Monique
Monique Holley fought to survive for her first two months. Now her future looks bright.


Megan, Matthew and Jacob

Megan, Matthew and Jacob
The Triumphant Trio and the calamities they clobbered.


Sarah

Sarah
Sarah loves robots. Especially the one that saved her life.


Nicole

Nicole
Blood donations from friends and family helped save Nicole's life.


Michael

Michael
Michael Ramsey has accomplished much in the six months following a tragic, traumatic brain injury.


Mary Ella and Justina

Mary Ella and Justina
Young philanthropists use their talents to raise money for CHOC Children's.


Paige

Paige
CHOC was there for the Harmon family when the unexpected happened.


Jarrett

Jarrett
Jarrett was a high school freshman, excelling academically and in sports, when he began experiencing headaches, nausea and difficulty with walking. After three weeks of no improvement, his parents took him to CHOC Children’s Hospital.


Charlie

Charlie
Charlie’s failure to thrive diagnosis has been replaced with a license to thrive.


Maria

Maria
Once told she would be confined to a wheelchair. Maria can now look forward to rollerskating.


Delphine Lee

Delphine Lee
Foundation Board Member Delphine Lee has been affiliated with CHOC for 24 years.


Nadia

Nadia
When Nadia came to CHOC Children's she needed serious help.


Michael

Michael
Micheal Driscoll was 15 when he was diagnosed with stage III melanoma. Today, he is in remission.


Adam

Adam
Baby Survives Rare Congenital Disorder


Lance

Lance
CHOC NICU Graduate Scores a Big Victory


Zoe

Zoe
A second opinion gave Zoe the chance to look forward to a normal childhood.


Paige

Paige
Life is an adventure for a young girl who has faced many challenges.


Ryan

Ryan
The Christopher family's nightmare gets happy ending.


Hope

Hope
Hope knew exactly where she wanted her philanthropic funds to go - to help the children.


Christopher

Christopher
Christopher's attitude and outgoing personality helped him survive his cancer.


Sarah

Sarah
Diagnosed with leukemia, Sarah gets cutting-edge treatment at the CHOC Cancer Institute.


Mason

Mason
Emergency Brain Surgery Saved Mason's Life


Layla

Layla
Layla is now living a tube-free life and enjoys food and meal times


Olivia

Olivia
A fragile beginning strengthened her heart.


Erica

Erica
5-year old girl survives congenital heart condition and fatal lung disease.


Sophia

Sophia
The amazing battle of Sophia the Strong.


Linley

Linley
When Linley's parents found out their baby would need surgery, they knew where to go: CHOC Children's.


Juan

Juan
Thanks to the CHOC Heart Institute, Baby Juan will grow up to steal the hearts of many admirers.


Nina

Nina
Baby brought to CHOC Children's undergoes risky surgery to remove brain tumor.


Jackson

Jackson
Jackson's Cancer is in Remission - Thanks to CHOC


Spencer

Spencer
Spencer's 2-year nightmare ended with innovative IVIG therapy


Daniel

Daniel
Daniel Pickett's rise in snowboarding is noteworthy, particularly given the fact he was born with "bilateral club foot."


Alexis

Alexis
Teen cancer patient plans for her future.


Danny

Danny
Former CHOC Patient Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Successful Transplant


Kenta

Kenta
It all started on a beautiful spring day when Kenta discovered the perfect pirate accessory – a stick.


Garrett

Garrett
Team centered approach to care averts rejection of transplanted bone marrow.


Camron

Camron
Camron receives life-saving surgery after being transferred to the PICU at CHOC at Mission.


Amanda

Amanda
Amanda is healthy and happy as a result of the expert care she received at CHOC Children's.


Argyros Family

Argyros Family
The Argyros family's generous $5 million gift allows our new emergency department to meet our patients needs.


Sarah

Sarah
Sarah Birdzell only weighed 1 1/2 pounds at birth.


Evi

Evi
Evi embarked on a journey that included successful scoliosis surgery and the decision to pursue a career at CHOC.


Keturah

Keturah
CHOC Children's family helps Keturah face her health challenges.


Molly

Molly
Less than a year after undergoing corrective spinal surgery at CHOC Children's, this seventh grader recently sunk her cleats into the grass and played her heart out.


Safia

Safia
Safia’s family is overwhelmed at how fast her daughter’s life changed and is extremely everything grateful to everyone involved with her care at the program.


Gail

Gail
Diabetic Teen Completes Run of her Life


Jeffrey

Jeffrey
Multiple seizures interfered with Jeffrey's development and made him unable to walk or function.


Ryan

Ryan
Fast thinking and a quick response by the CHOC at Mission trauma team helped save a young boy's life.


Nathan

Nathan
Nathan Akiyoshi receives surgery at CHOC to repair holes in heart.


Cianna

Cianna
Cianna's poor vision does not dull her bright vision of the future.


Riley

Riley
The Meuniers find answers - and life-saving treatment - at CHOC


Zoey

Zoey
Zoey's mother will never forget the collaboration between CHOC Children's and Hoag.


Vinny

Vinny
Diabetes doesn't slow top ranked baseball player.


Faith

Faith
Faith doesn't let anything slow her down.


The Law Family

The Law Family
McKenzie Law is convinced that the doctors and nurses at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital saved her son’s life.


Katie

Katie
Katie's journey to beat leukemia began at CHOC Children's, and ended in success.


Juneau

Juneau
After some innovative surgical procedures, Juneau is now symptom-free and thriving, living life as a child should.


Junior

Junior
Junior's mom could not afford a wheelchair for her 8 year old son, but CHOC associates made it possible.


Christina

Christina
Type I diabetes has not kept Christina off the playing field.


Brianna

Brianna
1-year old survives nearly fatal infection


Allison

Allison
After her corrective spinal surgery at CHOC Children’s, Allison Sihilling gained 2 ½ inches in height – and a whole new perspective.


Lauren

Lauren
Lauren Gray describes life at "Camp CHOC" during her stay for surgery to correct Pectus Excavatum.


Madison

Madison
Madison and her family are proud to be part of the CHOC family.


Sam

Sam
Sam was given a diagnosis most parents have never heard of: eosinophilic esophagitis.


Seth

Seth
Like most kids, seven-year-old Seth couldn't wait to grow up.


Hunter

Hunter
Hunter's mom didn't plan for a premature delivery. Luckily we did.


Sawyer

Sawyer
Little Sawyer had a rare metabolic disease. Even more rare was the team assembled to treat him.


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