Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders Patient Stories

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Tracheostomy and Decannulation: Steven’s Story


Steven came in to the world facing more challenges than most people face in a lifetime, but after 35 medical procedures and 12 major surgeries by CHOP specialists, the 12-year-old is thriving.

Tracheal Stenosis: Patrick’s Story

Patrick playing golf

Patrick had a tough time at freshman baseball try-outs — unusual because he excelled at sports — but it made sense when he learned that he was breathing through a narrowed trachea the size of a Q-tip.

Airway Disorder: Isabella's Story


Born prematurely, Isabella's airway had not yet fully developed. When her health worsened, her parents knew she needed the expert neonatal and pulmonary experts at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Bilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis: Lailani's Story


Diagnosed with bilateral vocal cord paralysis as a baby, Lailani was unable to breathe on her own until age nine. That's when her sought treatment at CHOP’s Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders.