Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (GI) Patient Stories

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Heterotaxy Syndrome: Laila's Story

Laila Kramer was 8 years old when her family learned she was born with heterotaxy syndrome, a rare birth defect where many of her internal organs are reversed from their normal positions. When she contracted a serious liver infection, she got help from CHOP experts.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Colin's Story

Colin has eosinophilic esophagitis, a rare inflammatory condition of the esophagus, and receives care at CHOP, which is one of the few pediatric hospitals with a specialized program for the condition.

Liver Transplant: Carter's Story

carter and his mother

Born with ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency, a rare metabolic disorder, Carter was 9 months old when he received a life-saving liver transplant at CHOP.

Liver Transplant: Jacob's Story

Jacob was diagnosed with fulminant hepatic failure — liver failure with a very rapid onset — and received a liver transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Biliary Atresia: Chris' Story

Chris has come a long way in the past year since he was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a liver disease. He has been helped by the Biliary Atresia Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Small Bowel Atresia: Zoe's Story


Zoe was diagnosed before birth with small bowel atresia, a cause of fetal bowel obstruction, and underwent surgery at CHOP when she was just 1 day old.

Gardner Syndrome: Felix's Story


When Felix, who is from Caracas, Venezuela, was diagnosed with Gardner syndrome, a condition that often leads to colorectal cancer, his parents found him the best care at CHOP.