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Patients and families are a big part of what makes Children’s #1.
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Seeing the world differently
Claire Kelly lived with Duane Syndrome, a rare misalignment of the eyes for nine years. A two-hour surgery fixed all of that, and now she’s seeing the world in a whole new way. Read Claire’s story.
Tackling concussions head on
Niklas Johnson’s love for hockey was strong, even at age 7, but a concussion stood in his way of his dreams on the rink. Now, he’s discovered golf and squash, and with the help of Celiane Rey-Casserly, PhD, is looking at his injury as an opportunity to do new things. Read Nicklas’ story.
Leaving limitations behind
Casey Evans is a 15 years old student and athlete with strong friendships and the desire to attend college, but she’s come a long way in achieving those goals. After she was born, Casey was diagnosed with unilateral craniosynostosis, in which the plates of the skull fuse too early in development. Read Casey’s story of success.
Looking and feeling her best
Kelly Rock was born with a rare facial deformity called Hypertelorbatism, which required her to endure eight surgeries. Being an identical twin has made this challenge even harder to cope with, especially when her peers make cruel remarks. Fortunately, her plastic surgeon, John B. Mulliken, MD, dedicated himself to helping her look and feel her very best. Read Kelly’s story.
Sandy Ho has a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, which causes her to have brittle bones and requires extra cautiousness. Once the time came for her to go to college, she decided that with support from her family and her doctor at Children’s, she would achieve her dream of independence, and lived in a dorm room of her own. Read her inspiring story.
A straight path to recovery
Visceria Givans was diagnosed with scoliosis in grade school, which led her to wear an uncomfortable brace, and stop cheerleading. After undergoing a surgery that would straighten her spine by fusing it with a metal rod, she worked through physical therapy and recovered well enough to play sports and get back into cheerleading. Read her story.
A healthy homecoming
Agustin Caceres was born with a condition that required him to be in a germ-free environment, which meant his family could rarely be near him. After traveling from Argentina to Children’s with his family, Agustin is now a healthy child. Read his story.
A patient’s story of recovery
Ariana Fernandez was two months old when her mother found bruises covering her midsection, which turned out to be caused by acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Now in full remission, she’s all smiles. Read Ariana’s story.
Life after neurosurgery
As a high school sophomore, Amy Rucki was admitted to Children’s Hospital Boston with a brain tumor. Here, Amy reflects on being a teen, brain surgery and her long road to recovery.
Parker's congenital heart defect
During a routine ultrasound in the 20th week of pregnancy, Casey Bolton learned that her son, Parker, would be born with a complex congenital heart defect (CHD) called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Read Casey and Parker's story.
Choosing the challenge
It all began with a troublesome pain near Caitlynne McGaff’s right knee. At the time, it didn’t seem like there was anything to worry about: An occasional bruise or bump was typical for the energetic 7-year-old. It was only by chance that doctors shared the unthinkable diagnosis: cancer. Read Caitlynne's story.
A family of advocates
Our family has been inspired by our experiences and we feel a profound sense of wanting to share the gifts and knowledge we have received. We've become a family of advocates and strive to have a positive impact in the lives of families affected by chronic illnesses, like sickle cell disease. Read Amiel's story.
Rustling diabetes's feathers
A few weeks into the first grade, Noah was acting more and more tired all the time. Kids this age need more rest to grow, but extreme fatigue can worry parents, and be a warning sign of diabetes. Read Noah's story.
Raising multiple children with complex medical issues
Gretchen Kirby is a mother to four children, three of whom were adopted from foster care with complex medical issues. Here, Gretchen shares why adopting chronically ill children is so important to her, and how the centralized care provided by Children’s helps her keep her “fearsome threesome” on the move. Read Gretchen's family's story.
From Russia with love
When Victor Beletsky’s daughter was born in his native Moscow, he and his wife couldn’t have been happier. But shortly after Evelina’s birth, doctors noticed she was having trouble eating—and their joy quickly turned to panic. Evelina was born with a gastrointestinal tract disorder that led to her losing a significant portion of it, resulting in short bowel syndrome (SBS).They searched the web for treatment and found a story from Children’s about a similar procedure. Victor moved his family to America, and his daughter’s life was saved. Read Evelina's story.
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