Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (GI) Patient Stories
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Celiac Disease: Emma’s Story
Diagnosed with celiac disease in first grade, Emma, now 9, rallies for changes in food labeling to better protect kids like her.
Neuropathic Intestinal Dysmotility: Liyana’s Story
Liyana spent her first year in and out of hospitals as doctors tried to identify and treat her GI motility issue. Her family found answers, hope and healing at CHOP.
VACTERL Association: Olivia’s Story
Diagnosed with VACTERL Association, Olivia found improved care and treatment at CHOP’s Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility.
Rumination Syndrome: Alicia’s Story
Teen makes full recovery from rumination syndrome, thanks to CHOP’s guidance and her positive attitude.
Gastroparesis: Catherine’s Story
After years of mysterious GI symptoms, Catherine now has a diagnosis, successful treatment and has started a burgeoning new career as a chef.
Life with Celiac Disease: Anna’s Story
Teen with celiac disease pens personal guide to gluten-free living for other newly diagnosed youth.
Biliary Atresia and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: Elliott’s Story
After being diagnosed and treated for a genetic disorder, Elliott’s troubling GI symptoms continued – leading CHOP doctors to discover he also had biliary atresia.
Philadelphia-positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Pancreatic Pseudocyst: Colin’s Story
Teams from CHOP oncology, CHOP GI and Penn Medicine partnered to treat Colin’s high-risk leukemia and pancreas complications rarely seen in children.
Pancreatitis: Alexis' Story
Diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, Alexis, now 17, found treatment and renewed hope at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Liver Transplant: Josie’s Story
As a baby, Josie received a liver transplant. This began a 10-year journey that included bonding with her donor’s family and a generous gift to help future transplant patients.