Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders Patient Stories

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Airway Disorder: Isabella's Story

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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

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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.

CHARGE Syndrome and Choanal Atresia: Avery's Story

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Avery was diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome as an infant, a series of rare genetic birth defects. Airway malformations led her family to CHOP's Airway Disorders Clinic, where she underwent bilateral choanal atresia repair.

Tracheal Stenosis: Patrick’s Story

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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.


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