Early in Lori Mitchell's pregnancy, her baby was diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Chances of survival were slim. But thanks to a surgical procedure developed at UCSF, her son is now a healthy 3-year-old with boundless energy. Watch their story.
When Johnny Oliver was 5, he began having terrifying hallucinations. Doctors he saw in his hometown of Santa Rosa, Calif. couldn't identify a cause. Johnny finally ended up at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital where the episodes were finally diagnosed as seizures.
A generation ago, a cystic fibrosis (CF) diagnosis was devastating for children. Now, thanks to better treatments and new drugs, kids with CF have something previous generations could never have imagined: a future. Meet four young CF patients, whose disease isn't stopping them from dreaming big and living life to the fullest.
At 16, Kenna Stuck was diagnosed with leukemia. She received a life-saving bone marrow transplant and chronicled her journey through a film she created with BayKids. "Kenna's Rebirth" won a best documentary award from Chicago's CineYouth Festival.
At only 6 weeks old Derrick Lee was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a blockage in the tubes that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. Treatment at his community hospital failed so doctors recommended he go to UCSF. Shortly after, Derrick's father donated part of his liver to save his son's life.