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Patient Success Stories

Read your heart-warming stories of hope in the face of despair, compassion in the face of suffering, courage in the face of adversity.

Young Girl Born with Birthmark on Her Lip has Surgery that Will Change Her Life

Just a few weeks after Brianna was born, her mother noticed a red growth on her daughter’s upper lip.  Her pediatrician referred the family to specialists who diagnosed the growth as an Infantile Hemangioma. On December 7th, Dr. Chad Perlyn of Nickalus Children's Hospital, removed the hemangioma.

12/14/2016

November Patient of the Month: Andres

We introduce you to our Patient of the Month, Andres. When he was in high school, Andres was a wrestler, competing at some of the highest levels in the state.

11/21/2016

Jose's SUPER Experience

From the very moment the Genes family arrived at Nicklaus Children’s for treatment until Jose Jr. was cleared to return home, Genes says the hospital made the experience for his son and family a positive one.  

11/10/2016

Soaring Through Life Seizure Free

At two month’s old, Hannah underwent brain surgery (a temporal, occipital parietal resection) at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to relieve her of her constant seizure activity after medication did not provide relief. This rare procedure involves removing the affected part of the brain for patients with severe epilepsy disorders. The surgery proved to be a success. She was completely off medications by the age of one and has been seizure free since the operation.

11/04/2016

A Helping Hand for Hayden

When Hayden Thomas was two-and-a-half years-old, Dr. Aaron Berger, Pediatric Plastic Surgeon at Nicklaus Children's Hospital who specializes in hand surgery,  introduced the Thomas family to 3D printing technology as an option to support the child’s progress and help prepare him for a prosthetic in the future.  

11/02/2016

October Patient of the Month: Astry

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.

10/04/2016

Gia’s Road to Remission

Gia was born with Vacterl syndrome when she was just 3 years old after her mother noticed blood in her urine. Soon after, Gia was diagnosed with a tumor in one of her kidneys. Originally from Jamaica, the family moved to South Florida to pursue treatment at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

09/09/2016

September patient of the month: Juan Pablo

When he and his family were still living in Venezuela, Juan Pablo was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer. Watch Juan Pablo’s story and help us raise awareness throughout the month of September for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.

09/08/2016

Ruby’s Journey to Cancer Free

Ruby began complaining of what she thought was a tummy ache. After two or three days with no improvement, her father made an appointment with a gastroenterologist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, who discovered a mass in the child’s abdomen—it was cancer.

09/01/2016

Sara's Fight for Sight

When the attending pediatrician performed the neonatal screening on baby Sara, the doctor noticed that the newborn’s left eye was cloudy and unresponsive to light. The family was immediately referred to Nicklaus Children’s Division of Ophthalmology for a more thorough examination.

08/25/2016

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.

08/12/2016

August patient of the month: Tonaly

At just 17 years old, Tonaly was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a condition that kept her in the hospital for almost three months. Thanks to the treatment she received at Nicklaus Children’s, Tonaly no longer experiences the strong pains she once did, and with the help of Lisa, she developed the strength to face her condition head-on.

08/08/2016

A Cure for Myles

After losing the ability to see out of both eyes, Tinsley sought help at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Division of Ophthalmology, where it was determined that Myles had cataract, likely caused by long-term use of steroids. Within a week of the consultation, Myles underwent cataract surgery with Dr. Zenia Aguilera, a pediatric ophthalmologist.

08/04/2016

Chase's Success Story

Chase, is the epitome of a high school student athlete. Despite his many accomplishments, he developed a medical condition as a pre-teen called pectus excavatum (also known as sunken chest) that was leaving him winded, especially when swimming and running long distances.

07/25/2016

July patient of the month: Teegan

Once the cardiac team met with Teegan and her family, the doctors realized that this was a case unlike any they had seen before. From before birth she had been diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and then they realized that she had a little less than half a heart and only one lung. Teegan's doctors and her parents knew she had a long road to recovery, but they were prepared to do whatever it takes to get her there.

07/12/2016

South Florida surgeon helps fix craniofacial deformities in babies

Local 10 News reports on Dr. Perlyn's complex surgeries to treat babies born with rare craniofacial deformities: Pierre Robin Sequence and Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome.

07/07/2016

Alexandra's Arthritis Success Story

​When she was 7 years old, Alexandra started experiencing pain, especially in her feet. At first, her parents thought maybe it was growing pains, or perhaps related to playing sports. It soon became clear that Alexandra had something much more serious when the pain became too much for her to even walk.

06/21/2016

A Cancer Cure for Kira

Kira, 13, can say “I beat cancer” in four languages: English, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish. The budding linguist and aspiring make-up artist (at least for the moment) is happy to have cancer in the rear view mirror after a 2014 bone marrow transplant that cured her of acute lymphocytic leukemia.

06/01/2016

Young Girl Living with Chronic Lung Disease Beats All Odds

Stephanie has beat all the odds that were working against her. Considered a “micro preemie,” her lungs were so underdeveloped she underwent a tracheostomy and placed on a ventilator to help her breathe. She is now a strong and rambunctious 11-year-old girl with a love for the arts and entertainment.

05/16/2016

May patient of the month: Emily

Emily was born with Pierre-Robin sequence, a condition present at birth which tends to cause a small jaw, a tongue that is displaced back towards the throat and a cleft palate. She was brought her to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, where she underwent surgery to repair her cleft palate, and since then her life has completely turned around.

05/12/2016

In the Local News

Region's first child urgent care center being revealed in Naples

NBC-2. — Lee Health will cut the ribbon for the first child urgent care center in the region. The Golisano-Nicklaus Children's Health Center is located off Pine Ridge Road in Naples. It will focus on pediatric specialty and urgent care needs. 

Girl Undergoes Surgery in Miami to Remove Large Birthmark on Upper Lip

NBC Miami. — Brianna Brewer, a bubbly 3-year-old, had a very large vascular tumor on her face and lip, until Wednesday's procedure at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.  

3-year-old girl has tumor on lip removed in SW Miami-Dade

WSVN 7 News. — A young girl born with a birthmark on her lip has gone through a successful surgery that will change her life. 


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