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Patient Success Stories

Read the amazing success stories of past patients of Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Astry's Success Story

After Astry was born, her parents noticed that she wasn't progressing as babies typically do. She wasn't able to lift her head and she showed a lot of muscle weakness. Her pediatrician recommended they take her to see a neurologist, and so Astry's parents brought her to Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Read this story.

A car ride for Trevor

Neurosurgery procedure improves quality of life for Trevon, 14. Read this story.

Austin's Success Story

Austin was born blue, floppy and unresponsive. Immediately rushed to Nicklaus Children's Hospital, the nurses and doctors treated him back to health.  Read this story.

Brenna's Brain Tumor Success Story

Brenna was diagnosed with a brain tumor in October of 2009. She was airlifted to Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, immediately following her diagnosis. Dr. David Sandberg, her neurosurgeon, was calm and clear about the treatment that was necessary for her recovery. Read this story.

Elena's Success Story

At age 11, Elena began having violent seizures that would not stop, even with medicine. She was being transported from school to the hospital at least once a week. In 2011, she was referred to Nicklaus Children's Hospital where doctors ran a number of tests and determined that surgery was the best option for her condition. She had two surgeries, one to map her brain and another to remove a cavernoma. Her recovery was quick and she has been seizure free ever since. Read this story.

Mirabel's Success Story

Just before her first birthday, little Mirabel began experiencing epileptic seizures that shattered early dreams of a normal childhood. After a 10-hour surgery a malfunctioning portion of the left parietal region of her brain that was causing the seizures was successfully removed. Read this story.

Brayden & Alaina's Success Story

Siblings Brayden and Alaina Grover, suffered from incessant and uncontrollable seizures since infancy. The medical team at Nicklaus Children's was able to treat them with medication and surgery, restoring hope to thier parents. Read this story.

Lindsey's Success Story

Lindsey Kaufman was athletic and successful in school – a happy girl whose childhood had never suggested any medical challenges. So her parents were puzzled when, at age 10, Lindsey began experiencing small “blankouts,” her mind seeming to wander briefly before she resumed consciousness.
  Read this story.

Alex's Success Story

When Alex Rodriguez was 8 years old, he began experiencing numbness in his right hand, particularly when trying to grip a pencil. Alex’s mother, Lisi Guerrier, first assumed that her budding student was simply trying to dodge his homework. She was completely unprepared for a Broward neurologist’s diagnosis: Alex had a tumor in the left lobe of his brain, perilously close to the area that controlled his motor movement. Having heard about the world-renowned team at Nicklaus Children's Brain Institute, Ms. Guerrier brought Alex to see neurosurgeon Dr. David Sandberg in July 2006. Read this story.

Elizabeth's Success Story

Elizabeth began working for Nicklaus Children's Hospital in 1985. A past patient herself, during her time as an employee, both her daughters were patients, and she feels blessed to have offered tehm the best pediatric care. Read this story.

Asher's Success Story

Asher did not breathe for the first twelve to fifteen minutes after birth. Suspecting seizure activity following the asphyxia, the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) physician at Health Park recommended Asher be transported to Nicklaus Children's Hospital for the cutting edge cooling therapy being used to treat oxygen deprived patients.  Read this story.

Dana's Success Story

Dana was brought in after a fifty five minute grand mal seizure on July 11, 1976 (the day before I turned 6). Dana was brought in on a rescue truck, not an actual ambulance. Read this story.

Earl's Success Story

Earl was a former patient at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. In 1958, his mother brought him to Miami from Waycross, GA. He suffered from severe problems after being struck by a car in Waycross where we lived at the time. He was brought to what was known at that time as the Variety Children’s Hospital. His mother was a single parent and was told prior to coming that he would never walk again. Earl was diagnosed with Polio. Read this story.

Jayden's Success Story

Jayden Garcia was born in January 2007 at Kendall Regional Hospital. He had just been released from the hospital before something strange and unexpected happened. He was sleeping and he started jerking and having a seizure. The seizure continued while he was sleeping. They put him in an incubator and took him to Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, in an ambulance. Read this story.

Casey's Success Story

Casey was born on June 3, 1989 approximately four months premature and weighed less than 2 lbs. She was on ECMO for sixteen days, which is the longest at the time they have had an infant on it. Her lungs were so damaged that the biopsy samples they sent out for analysis were thought to be autopsy samples. She rode the Nicklaus Children's Hospital LifeFlight plane from Tampa to Miami and then back to St. Petersburg, and she was then transferred to All Children's Hospital. Read this story.

Amanda's Miracle Story

Amanda had a traumatic brain injury when she was 13 months old. She was airlifted to Miami Children, where the neurosurgeon on call was Dr. David Sandberg. Once in the hospital Dr. Sandberg and the wonderful team of doctors, nurses and staff saved her life. She had a craniotomy (brain surgery) and was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for three weeks. Read this story.

Shannon's Brain Surgery Success Story

Shannon had brain surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, in 2006-2007 and now receives periodic follow-up care from the Brain Institute. Directly after surgery, she went 10 months without a seizure while on medication. Read this story.

Stacie Marie's Success Story

Staci Marie was born a healthy child. One Saturday afternoon, she developed a high fever, and then became comatose for three months. When Staci awoke, she could not speak or walk. She had brain damage after contracting encephalitis. At age 6, Staci developed seizures, which were controlled until the age of 9. Then, she began having uncontrollable seizures that no doctor could seem to stop, and she almost died several times. Read this story.

Madeline's Success Story

Madeline Browne of Melbourne, Florida, was only 3 years old when she began having seizures. Following a successful surgery performed by neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjiv Bhatia to remove the diseased tissue, Madeline, now 10, has been seizure-free and has dazzled her family with her newfound maturity.  Read this story.

Renaldo's Epilepsy Success Story

A Miami grandmother trying to end her grandson’s seizures in Trinidad finds hope at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Read this story.

Hunter's Success Story

Hunter was only 5-years-old when suddenly the once-sharp kindergartener could not recall whether he was eating breakfast or dinner. In March of 2009, Hunter’s parents learned that something was definitely wrong with their second-born son. Following their instinct, they made an appointment with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital. That’s where Dr. Carlos Gadia, a pediatric neurologist, found a large tumor in Hunter’s brain. Hunter's family was told the tumor had been causing the seizures and the memory loss, and had to be removed quickly. Read this story.

Matthew's Success Story

Nicklaus Children's Brain Institute is home to the largest number of pediatric neuroscience subspecialists in the nation. Many of these experts have achieved international renown. The institute serves as a beacon to families confronting the uncertainty of a child with a brain disorder, offering the latest treatments and assessment techniques available at few other centers in the nation. In fact, many of the institute's most notable successes are in children who could not be helped elsewhere. Mathew was one of them.  Read this story.

Marco's Success Story

After meeting 5-year-old Marco, one would never guess that he once had a tumor the size of an orange in his brain. The bustling kindergartener had surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital to remove the tumor at only 17 months of age.Today, Marco is busy making puzzles, playing games, participating in sports and generally exceeding expectations in school. Read this story.

Patrick's Autism Success Story

Patrick was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. Eighteen months later, through a series of therapies at Nicklaus Children's Hospital Dan Marino, Patrick is able to talk and interact with others. Read this story.

Melanie's Epilepsy Success Story

Little Melanie, then only 3, was seizing as often as 40 times per day and each would begin with a scream as the child anticipated the impending episode. Melanie's family was exhausted from the long battle to end her seizures and fearful, knowing the unchecked neural malfunction was affecting her growth and development.  Read this story.

Ruby's Success Story

Shortly after Ruby’s fourth birthday, she began having seizures. After thorough examinations by the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center team, it was decided a surgery would be needed to stop her seizures. Read this story.

Ryan's Neurosurgery Success Story

Ryan had regular headaches, which were revealed to be caused by an arachnoid cyst embedded at the center of his brain. The doctors of Division of Neurosurgery at Nicklaus Children's successfully removed the cyst, restoring Ryan to his usual playful self. Read this story.

Sebastian's Cerebral Palsy Success Story

Sebastian was diagnosed with a severe case of cerebral palsy, a condition that causes difficulty with muscle control. In Sebastian’s case, it would make it nearly impossible to pass key milestones like chewing solid foods and walking. Read this story.

Alyssa's Success Story

Alyssa was born with myelomeningocele spina bifida, a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. She had kidney surgery which was a great success, but had to return a week later due to an infection. Read this story.

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