After Surviving Two Strokes Lia Dances for Kids Like Her

At just three years old, Lia Padilla endured not one but two strokes. In 2017, Lia celebrated the New Year with family and friends but on January 2 she suffered a stroke. After being misdiagnosed by another hospital, Lia’s parents … Read More

Gene Therapy and Fertility Preservation Give Sisters Hope for Future

When Laura and Christopher Jones traveled to an orphanage in China, they didn’t expect to come back with two children. When they met Zinnia and Lainee, however, they knew that even though they were not sisters, their bond was just … Read More

Devin Defies the Odds While Waiting for an Organ Transplant

Shortly after Devin was born at 26 weeks, he was diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis [NEC], a serious disease that indicated bacteria had invaded his intestine and destroyed his small bowel. At two years old, he was put on the wait … Read More

Chewbacca Tells Patient He’s Getting A New Heart

Months ago when Austin Eggleston, 15, was listed for a heart transplant, Dr. Philip Thrush, Cardiologist at Lurie Children’s, promised he would deliver the news a heart was available dressed as Chewbacca. Born with three congenital heart defects, Austin had … Read More

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