Pediatric Surgery

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a new warning about the use of anesthesia and sedation drugs in young children and pregnant women. If you’re planning to schedule surgery or another procedure that requires sedation, [...]
By uclahealth • February 22, 2017
The chances of winning the Powerball are 1 in 992 Billion. The chances of having a child with a heart defect are 1 in 100. About 1 out of every 100 babies (approximately 40,000) born each year in the US have some type of Congenital [...]
By HRHJudy • February 8, 2017
Hi Everyone, We did it! Tomorrow is Cash's first birthday! All of you are on my mind and I just wanted to tell you how thankful for each and every person that has taken part in Cash's heart journey. It is because of all of you and your dedication [...]
By rainahurn • July 22, 2016
The Story of a Griffin as told by Griffin: "What's that Mommy? You want me to thank ONE of my doctors? Impossible... I want to thank my entire team of rock star doctors! Dr. Sklansky - thanks for saying hi through mommy's belly before I was even [...]
By dawnsedorovich • March 30, 2016
My beautiful daughter, Abby, was born in 1996 with a rare kidney disease. In the critical hours following her birth in our hometown of Bakersfield, she was transported to the NICU at UCLA, and a team of pediatric nephrologists became both her lifeline and mine. When you are suddenly faced [...]
By jcbowden • March 30, 2016
It’s two different stories for two different children,” says Jeremy Ellertson, father of 11-year-old Christian and 3-year-old Christopher. Both children suffered from a heart disease present at birth. Jeremy continues, “Christopher got sick at a month old and received a heart transplant 24 days after being put on the list. [...]
By uclahealth • March 24, 2016
“It will be interesting trying to motivate him to go home because he’s had such a great time. He has blueberry pancakes every morning for breakfast,” says John Matise, father to 6-year-old Zachary Matise. Zachary’s mother, Ann Matise, adds, “He had surgery on his appendix Friday night. He has to [...]
By uclahealth • January 25, 2016

60 years ago I was a preemie baby at UCLA fighting for my life. Once again I am here to have UCLA take care of me. I came down from Las Vegas after being misdiagnosed half a dozen times.

By donnasampayan • December 15, 2015
My name is Claudia. I've been a patient at UCLA since I was about 4 years old. I'm 21 almost 22. I've spent much of my childhood at the Mattel children's hospital. People always ask me how was it spending so much time at the hospital. I tell them it [...]
By user_ch4b5e5fd • December 15, 2015   Baby Paul Lukas was born with Pierre Robin Sequence, a condition that results in a small jaw, cleft palate and big tongue. The critical problem was that when he was laid on his back, his tongue blocked his airway, causing him to turn blue and go into respiratory distress. Traditionally, babies with this condition have a tracheostomy placed in their...
By uclahealth • November 14, 2013