Healing begins at UC Davis Children's Hospital. Explore the following pediatric patient stories to learn more about the range of pediatric care and services we provide.


Abbey, pediatric patientAbbey’s story

Abbey is a 7-year-old Sacramento resident who is interested in theater, excels in school and went snowboarding for the first time this winter.

While that sounds like a typical little girl, Abbey is anything but typical. She was born with a type of congenital heart disease that is fatal without treatment. The diagnosis turned her family’s life upside down and led to Abbey’s multiple open-heart surgeries …

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Owen, first cool baby pediatric patientOwen’s story

Owen was a really cool baby — in fact he was the very first.

Shortly after his birth, he became the first infant treated at UC Davis Children's Hospital with a novel whole-body cooling program designed to reduce long-term neurological damage resulting from birth asphyxia. Called “Cool Babies,” the therapy instituted in June 2009 at the hospital now has reached a milestone — more than 50 infants have been treated with marked success …

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Cadence StamperCadence’s story

During her summer break in 2013, then-7-year-old Orangevale resident Cadence experienced something very few children ever do — a stroke. Over the course of six weeks, a UC Davis Children's Hospital team that included occupational, physical and speech therapists, physicians, nurses and child life specialists helped her regain strength and mobility …

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