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"I had my first open-heart surgery when I was 2," says Donovan McKinnon, a 13- year-old patient at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Donovan was born with pulmonary atresia, a type of heart disease where [...]
By uclahealth • August 7, 2017
“If somebody is scared of needles, we will use real medical equipment and poke them into stuffed animals so they can see what will happen and we can desensitize them to what they’re afraid of,” says Ada Bodolay, a clinical educator and child [...]
By uclahealth • August 7, 2017
"My dad was a pediatrician, and he was my hero. My very first year as an intern here, he got sick and passed away. After I finished my training, I went back to Peru, where my parents are from, and talked to one of the doctors in the hospital there," [...]
By uclahealth • August 7, 2017
"Our mother died of breast cancer at the age of 55," says Raj Dhillon, (pictured right) 72, and identical twin sister to Tej Bains. Tej says, "I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2015. It was devastating. The doctors said, ‘You have an identical twin? She needs to [...]
By uclahealth • August 7, 2017
"I had prostate cancer at 55 years of age,” says Robert Grycan, who chose to seek help from Dr. Stuart Holden on the advice of a family member. Robert now goes to his appointments at the
By uclahealth • August 7, 2017

"Three years ago, my wife died, and I just gave up. I didn’t want to do dialysis anymore."

By uclahealth • August 7, 2017

I was one of the first 30 patients to have received a liver transplant performed at UCLA by Dr. Busuttil. Now him and his liver transplant team has performed well over 6,000 transplants since 1984.

By Vicky • August 7, 2017
“I was having extreme pain in an area of my breast. I would get this shooting pain that would knock the breath out of me,” says Toni Stanton Harris, who felt a grape-sized lump during a self-examination, visited her primary-care doctor and found out she had stage 2 triple negative [...]
By uclahealth • August 7, 2017
"I love kids, so I only ever wanted to be a pediatric nurse," says Sharon Doggett, who for the past decade has been caring for children at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Sharon's constantly inspired by her patients. "They're so positive; [...]
By uclahealth • August 7, 2017
"I thought, while I'm here, if I'm not busy, I'll go sell Girl Scout cookies," says 10- year-old Elyse Pineda. Evelyn Pineda, mother of Elyse, adds, "She's a regular gastrointestinal patient, so we're in here a lot. She has an intestinal pseudo- obstruction, and we're here this time because she [...]
By uclahealth • August 7, 2017