Patient Stories

Looking Younger, Feeling Better

Looking Younger, Feeling Better

“I was a sun worshipper when I was younger and I noticed I was starting to age rapidly,” says 55-year-old Veronica T. Sanchez, who
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Toys from the Heart

Toys from the Heart

Vivian Prickett was born with a complex congenital heart defect and spent the first six months of her life in the NICU. At just 10 days old she had open heart surgery.
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25 years with arthritis

25 years with arthritis

“I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 14 years old,” says Carly Panchura, now 39 and an advocate for arthritis research.
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Always choosing UCLA

Always choosing UCLA

“I have severe arthritis and my ability to walk and move about is declining,” says 80-year-old Will Carter, who is in the geriatric ward at
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Getting in to eye center when needed

Getting in to eye center when needed

“Once I hit 30, I started getting eye infections in my left eye,” says 35-year-old Ryan Miyamoto, who turned to the Read more »

Fun with friends

Fun with friends

These guys have been buddies for years and they all want to do a vasectomy,” says Dr. Jesse Mills, pictured in scrubs, director of
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5 North nurses

5 North nurses

“All of our patients are really memorable,” says Hitomi Kalemkarian, pictured far left, a nurse in the geriatrics unit at UCLA
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Pierre for patients

Pierre for patients

"My dad's a pediatrician and my mom is a physical therapist, so I grew up in hospitals," says Matt Elias, who has been volunteering with
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13 years old, 3 open heart surgeries

13 years old, 3 open heart surgeries

"I had my first open-heart surgery when I was 2," says Donovan McKinnon, a 13- year-old patient at Read more »

Med Ted

Med Ted

“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
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200 hearts mended and counting

200 hearts mended and counting

"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
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Twins share in recovery

Twins share in recovery

"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
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