Children's Emergency and Critical Care Patient Stories

Read inspiring stories of hope from patients and families treated at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

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Tomas’ Remarkable Story

Tomas was at home with his family in August 2021, when he suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing. Upon arrival at the hospital, Tomas still had no heart function and was emergently admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation ECMO, a heart-lung bypass therapy that would give his heart time to gain strength and recover. Read this story.

Patient of the Month: Charlie

After surviving a high-risk pregnancy with a set of twins, the Strombom’s were faced with yet another complication. Their third child, an unborn baby named Charlie, was diagnosed with a congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM) and underwent two in utero interventions to allow for a full and healthy gestation period. Once delivered, the LifeFlight team from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital was on stand-by to transport Charlie from West Palm Beach to Miami. Read this story.

Patient of the Month: Frankie

What was supposed to be a fun day for Frankie and his sister with their uncle quickly took an unexpected and tragic turn. Frankie was kicked in the head by a horse at the ranch they were visiting, and he suffered a traumatic brain injury.  Read this story.

Patient of the Month: Luna

Luna was born full-term in June 2011, and her family had no idea what was in store. After just a few short hours, doctors realized she was not receiving enough oxygen in her blood and knew it was serious. Read this story.

Felix's ECMO Success Story

Little Felix was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and had to undergo extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a procedure that saved his life. Read this story.

Colton's Success Story

Colton was flown from Key West to Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, for respiratory failure and septic shock because of a surgery he had the day after he was born. The scar tissue had injured parts of his intestines causing bacteria to get into his blood stream. Colton was admitted to the PICU at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and learned he needed another surgery.  Read this story.

Jesse's ECMO Success Story

17 years ago Jesse underwent heart-lung bypass treatment at Nicklaus Children's, now he's the quarterback of his high school football team Read this story.

Cameron's Success Story

The first sign of trouble came in June when Cameron came home from day camp with a cough and fever. A swab test at the pediatrician’s office suggested Cameron did not have the H1N1 virus. But within a week her condition had worsened. Within days of hospitalization, Cameron was in a coma and was placed on a ventilator for complications later proven to be associated with H1N1. When her condition continued to deteriorate, doctors suggested she be transferred to Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, for advanced care. Read this story.

Amelia's Success Story

Amelia was born with gastroschisis. She was taken into surgery the day she was born, days after she required yet another surgery adn was transferred to Nicklaus Children's Hospital via Life Flight for emergency surgery. Read this story.