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.
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.
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.
After living with vocal cord paralysis for six years after a tumor was removed, Michael and his family found CHOP's Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders and laryngeal nerve reinnervation, a procedure that would give him his voice back.
Paige was diagnosed with severe tracheal stenosis, a narrowing of the trachea. The only way to widen her airway was with a major surgery. But with only one lung, it would be incredibly risky.