Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome Clinic Patient Stories

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Beckwith-Wiedemann Spectrum: Chelsea's Story

Chelsea with floaties on in a pink pool

At Chelsea’s 6-month check-up, when her mother, Laura, voiced her concerns, their local pediatrician agreed something was amiss and sent her for an immediate abdominal ultrasound. It came back negative for kidney or liver tumors, the two most frequent tumors found in children with BWSp. “That was a big relief,” says Chelsea’s mother, Laura. “But we still didn’t have a diagnosis.”

Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome and Cancer: Finn’s Story


Diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that predisposed him to developing cancer, Finn spent the first four months of his life at CHOP, where he survived heart surgery, abdominal surgery, liver cancer and chemotherapy.