Patient Success Story

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

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December 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.

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Baby J's Journey

Only a short week after been born, Baby J began to show signs of distress. A visit to the pediatric cardiologist revealed his heart was very sick. He was transferred to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to await surgery for a crucial coarctation of the aorta. Read this story.

Luna's Success Story

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.

Amanda's Emergency Success Story

Amanda was in a terrible car accident that caused her a traumatic brain injury. After three weeks in a coma and three brain surgeries, she is now a happy six year old attending kindergarten. 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.

Patrick's Emergency Success Story

Patrick was run over by a truck on June 9, 2009, and airlifted to Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital. He was given only a 20 percent chance to live due to his injuries. He had two fractured ribs, lacerations on both lungs, a lacerated kidney, spleen and liver on his right side, and a severed kidney on the left. He also had two broken legs, his right arm was broken in two places, his pelvic bones were broken, his left eye bone was fractured, and his right elbow and shoulder were smashed.  Today, Patrick is alive, up and walking – running almost – and can even do some fifth grade school work. Read this story.