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Vivian's Heart Journey

Vivian's Heart Journey

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.…
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A Reason to Live

A Reason to Live

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

16 Hour Surgery

“I was a patient here in 2006 for a 16-hour resection of a brain tumor,” says Brad Lusk, a 68-year-old neurosurgery patient who was running…
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Colorectal Cancer: Tommy Chong talks colorectal cancer, colostomy bags and the healing power of humor

Colorectal Cancer: Tommy Chong talks col [...]

Tommy Chong has had many identities in his decades-long career: comedian (he’s half of the Grammy Award-winning comedy duo Cheech & Chong), actor,
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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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A Thank You Letter to UCLA on behalf of my Father

A Thank You Letter to UCLA on behalf of [...]

To the UCLA medical team who cared for my father in his final weeks of life: My father, Frank Eck, recently passed away on the…
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Saved My Life Twice

Saved My Life Twice

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…
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A Birthday to Remember

A Birthday to Remember

"I was perfectly healthy a little over a month ago, then I started having headaches and fatigue. I was admitted into the hospital on my…
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Better than a pit crew: UCLA

Better than a pit crew: UCLA

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…
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L in UCLA is for Legacy

L in UCLA is for Legacy

66-year old Abdus Sattar Kapadia has been a dedicated Bruin ever since he moved from London to Los Angeles. Abdus was an accountant at UCLA…
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On the frontlines with an ER nurse

On the frontlines with an ER nurse

8No day is ever the same for Kayla Vandegrift, who supervises the nursing and technical staff. It’s not even noon and Kayla Vandegrift has been…
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