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Every morning when she awakes, Sydney Amato begins her daily battle with her body. If she’s lucky, the 16-year-old will have gotten a handful of hours of uninterrupted sleep – dreaming, perhaps, of doing what most healthy kids her age take for granted: Hanging out with friends. Going to school. Learning to drive. Because of … continue reading
Jennifer and Justin Charles had experienced a smooth pregnancy until 27 weeks, when doctors discovered that Jennifer had lost most of the amniotic fluid around their growing baby boy. Worried there had been a rupture in the amniotic sac, Jennifer and Justin prepared themselves for a premature birth. Further testing showed the complications were caused … continue reading
A year ago, Jenae Vancura joined an elite group of college and high school students for a unique and innovative summer internship program at CHOC. The interns shadowed physicians, joined doctors on their rounds and attended meetings with a wide range of professionals in the medical field. The days were long. The work was challenging. … continue reading
When Augustina, then age 13, visited her doctor in early June because she wasn’t feeling well, she had no idea she’d be rushed to CHOC Hospital and spend the next two months fighting for her life. “My doctor told my dad that we needed to get to CHOC right away,” Augustina says. “I don’t remember … continue reading
CHOC’s outdoor evaluation center offers COVID-19 testing for children who have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as well as children who require a test before an upcoming procedure. We understand that having a child undergo a COVID-19 test can be stressful for parents, so we’ve prepared this guide on … continue reading
CHOC patients Zachary and Jennifer, along with their families, recently participated in virtual meetings with legislators as part of ongoing advocacy efforts. “Each family met virtually with their members of U.S. Congress to discuss the importance of prioritizing children’s healthcare,” says Rachel Rolnicki, CHOC’s director of government affairs. “Especially now, both families felt it was … continue reading