Patient Story

Unique Perspective to Share

January 30, 2020

Unique Perspective to Share

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“I was originally looking for a peer support program, but then I came and was encouraged to share my perspective,” remembered Chinna Balachandran, who joined the Neurosurgery Patient and Family Advisory Council (NPFAC). “I had a traumatic brain injury, a subdural hematoma. It’s bleeding in the brain that is so great it caused my brain […]

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Survivors Spreading Hope

January 30, 2020

Survivors Spreading Hope

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“I had a golf ball-sized meningioma taken out of brain and was so impressed by the help I got at UCLA Health that when I had the chance to give back, I gave something back,” explains Brad Lusk. Lusk underwent a 14-hour surgery to remove a very healthy and growing tumor. “I had 30 radiation […]

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Tags: featured, meningioma, Patient and Family Advisory Council, radiation, tumor


Ten Out of Ten

January 30, 2020

Ten Out of Ten

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“It’s so wonderful that UCLA Health was able to open up another clinic for those in this area,” remarks Vialva Steen, mother to four-month-old twins Epic Steen and Eikon Steen. Vialva is enjoying the convenience of the UCLA Health Culver City clinic. “They’re both preemies. Eikon was born four pounds, no ounces, and Epic was […]

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'You're Not Alone'

January 30, 2020

‘You’re Not Alone’

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“Valentines’ Day of last year I had a stroke,” reveals Jeff Heisert, who had a blood clot behind his right eye. “I was completely paralyzed and blind. Dr. May Nour, my interventional radiologist, went through my torso, through the right carotid that was blocked, and up into my brain. They literally pulled the blood cot […]

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Tags: Dr. May Nour, featured, heart attack, interventional radiologist, Patient and Family Advisory Council, stroke, stroke survivors, UCLA Health Mobile Stroke Unit


Hearing Clearly

January 30, 2020

Hearing Clearly

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“When Ethan was four, we realized he was not hearing well,” reflects Amy Cooper, mother to five-year-old Ethan Baum. The family, including sister Allie, came into the House Children’s Hearing Center of UCLA for a checkup. “His teacher was calling his name, and he didn’t respond, so we put two and two together. Our pediatrician […]

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Lucky to Have Found PFAC

January 30, 2020

Lucky to Have Found PFAC

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“This tiny pool of blood settled over the nerves that control the motor function of my left leg. So, initially, my only symptom was that my left leg was paralyzed,” recalls Linda Hatcher, a stroke survivor and member of the Neurosurgery Patient and Family Advisory Council at UCLA Health. “The prognosis was that if I […]

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'Get to UCLA, Now'

January 29, 2020

‘Get to UCLA, Now’

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“I had a good experience and wanted to make the process better for other people, so they have as good an experience as I did,” reveals Scott Laskey, a member of the Neurosurgery Patient and Family Advisory Council at UCLA Health. “This group is very passionate about executing changes, so patients have the best experience […]

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Tags: brain tumor, featured, Patient and Family Advisory Council


Captain Courageous: A Little Charmer Named Jackson

January 10, 2020

Captain Courageous: A Little Charmer Named Jackson

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After spending much of his early life in hospitals, Jackson Verner lived out his dream as UCLA Kid Captain, charming everyone along the way.

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Tags: featured, kid captain, neurology, pediatrics


Coordinated care helped one infant thrive

January 9, 2020

Coordinated care helped one infant thrive

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Three days after delivering at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brittani Clark, a pediatric nurse practitioner, brought in her newborn daughter, Nia, for her first appointment with Dr. Allison Guimera in the Porter Ranch office. Dr. Guimera weighed and examined Nia and talked to Brittani about infant care. Similar well child visits continued at regular […]

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Tags: Dr. Allison Guimera, Dr. Nicole Militello, patient story, pediatrics, Porter Ranch, pyloric stenosis, The Checkup, UCLA Primary & Specialty Care - Porter Ranch


'Where Are The Reindeer?'

January 3, 2020

‘Where Are The Reindeer?’

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“Where are Santa’s reindeer?” wonders eight-year-old Arturo Hernandez. Santa Claus and the Santa Monica Fire Department visited patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Santa Monica. Ignicia Varela, Arturo’s mother, reveals Santa’s answer, “They are on the roof. Santa arrives in a helicopter.” She continues, “We’ve been here for more than a year. Arturo has […]

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Tags: cancer, featured, Santa Monica Fire Department, sarcoma, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica