Child Life Services Patient Stories

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Donor Story: John DeMaio, MD, MBA

As a resident physician at CHOP, Dr. John DeMaio spent the quiet periods at night playing with children who couldn't sleep. Now, years later, his estate planning will help the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department continue to help children play, cope and heal.

Crohn’s Disease: Titus’ Story


Titus, 8, was sick and barely eating when he arrived at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Treatment for his Crohn’s disease has turned his health around.

Sand Drowning: Edgar’s ECMO Story

Edgar outside

A day at the beach turned into a nightmare when a sand cave collapsed on Edgar. He was rushed to CHOP where a world-renowned ECMO team saved his life.