Patient Stories

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A New Ear: Lilliana’s Story

Lilliana was born with only one ear due to hemifacial microsomia, a condition in which the tissues on one side of the face are underdeveloped. Doctors at CHOP gave Lilliana a new ear.

Seaton’s Story: Venous Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

A blood clot discovered at a local hospital brought Seaton to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he was diagnosed with venous thoracic outlet syndrome and underwent successful rib resection surgery to get back on the court.

Repeated Concussions: Liam’s Story


After a youth athlete sustains repeated concussions, CHOP’s Minds Matter Concussion Program encourages him to change sports to regain control of his future.

GCK Hyperinsulinism: Nico’s Story


Being part of a clinical trial as a patient of the HI Center research gave Nico the independence to be a normal kid and still safely manage his hyperinsulinism.