Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Patient Stories

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Brain Injury and Recovery: Sam's Story

Sam standing outside smiling

A terrible car accident left Sam with a serious brain injury. Therapy and surgery helped him rebound; he’s now able to recite a poem and play his favorite sport.

Goldenhar Syndrome: Emily’s Story

Emily Merrill

Born with tetralogy of Fallot and Goldenhar syndrome, Emily has endured dozens of surgeries in the past 14 years, and her mission is to teach kindness and acceptance.

Thumb Hypoplasia: Dean’s Story

Dean playing conga drums

Dean was born without bone or muscle in his left thumb. Surgeons at CHOP created a thumb using Dean's index finger. He's been unstoppable ever since!

Zion’s Story: The Gift of Hands

Hand Transplant Patient Smiling Playing Fooseball

Zion Harvey is the first pediatric patient to receive a bilateral hand transplant. He was treated by a team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.