Patient Stories

Valley Children's is honored to provide care for children living in the Central Valley. We are continually inspired by our patients' courage, and invite you to read these real patient stories as reminders of the journeys of struggle, healing and hope that we encounter daily.

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Olivia's Story

Energetic, playful and always looking to jump and climb, Olivia was just like any other 4-year-old although, from time to time, she would get a... Read More

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Matthew's Story

Pediatric specialists in our Willson Heart Center diagnosed a deadly congenital heart defect in Matthew Alvarado. Read More
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Tyson's Story

Weighing less than an unopened soda can and one of the tiniest babies born in the world, Tyson Perez was fortunate just to survive. Going home from... Read More
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Darsy's Story

Pregnant with her first child, the last thing Darsy Caballero imagined is that her baby would be born with a serious defect. Gastroschisis is a rare... Read More
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Samantha's Story

Samantha was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) at 13 months. NF1 not only caused a tumor behind Sammy’s eye, but also a tumor in her... Read More
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Meet Our Chief Residents

Valley Children’s pediatric residents become very close to the program’s chief residents, as they serve as clinicians, educators and liaisons... Read More

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Tito's Story

After years of consistent pains that were assumed to be stomach bugs, Tito now lives life like any other 8 year old – thanks to Valley Children’s... Read More

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Elise's Story

Elise was just a happy 5-year-old when she went in for a regular doctor visit. No one, especially her mom and dad, would suspect that anything was... Read More

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Heart Warriors: A Heart Perspective

It was the day of Elise’s heart surgery, and although Elise was in and out of sleep, her mom Jen would capture her love and support for Elise as... Read More

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Rafael's Story

A mother and child walking hand in hand down a hospital hallway is a common sight across Valley Children’s. The sight of mom Claribel and... Read More

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Bryce's Story

In January of 2021, Jennifer didn’t know what would happen to her son. Two months after she and her husband tested positive for COVID-19, Bryce –... Read More

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Anali's Story

My name is Anali, and I was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. While my memories of seeking treatment are a little foggy or second-hand from... Read More

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David's Story

Approaching his 11th birthday, David was born prematurely on October 18 at 23 weeks gestation, weighing 1 pound 12 ounces. His mom went into... Read More

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Ryker and Jessica's Story

“Those who were caring for Ryker made me feel like they really loved my child … we could’ve gone anywhere for treatment, but after meeting with... Read More

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Franco's Story

Extreme weakness, fatigue and all of the well-known symptoms that accompanied COVID-19 are what prompted 23-year-old Franco Galinda to seek... Read More