Meet Our Patients
In 1987 at the University of Virginia, pediatric neurosurgeon T.S. Park, MD, sought to decrease the cerebral palsy spasticity of 5-year-old Sara Kate. He performed a new and somewhat controversial procedure that made her more comfortable and enabled her mother to better manage her care.
Anthony Bechelli’s heroes are musicians like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. He’s a musician who appreciates the classics.
In 2014, Charlie North became the first pediatric patient to receive proton therapy on the medical center campus. Proton beam therapy is a highly accurate form of radiation therapy used to treat tumors near vital organs with greater precision, minimizing exposure to other organs and healthy tissue.
When Christopher Warren was in third grade, he was asked to write a story about something that happened in his life. And it wasn’t your average story.
Courtney Phinney will spend the rest of her life making good on a promise – a promise she credits for making the rest of her life possible.
If you ask Leah Biskup, she'll tell you she's an ordinary teenager -- studying for mid-term exams at St. Louis University, hanging out with friends and carrying out the daily social rituals of a 19-year-old from University City.
The journey for Lucia and her family has been a long and challenging one over her short life. By the time Lucia was 3, she was experiencing as many as 15 seizures a day. But following a hemispherotomy, this now-7-year-old has been seizure-free.
A baby's first step is a proud and joyous milestone for moms and dads, but for parents of a child with cerebral palsy, it can represent a dream that may go unfulfilled. Three-year-old Sa'Reena Kyle overcame exceptional obstacles before she learned to walk. It may have happened later than most kids, but she is walking tall now -- and quickly catching up with her peers.
One of the first things the Mayhers did after Hannah joined their family was take her to St. Louis Children’s Hospital because they were uncertain of her long-term diagnosis and if she’d have a chance to walk or have the independence so many children count on.
Born with spina bifida and paralyzed from the waist down, this busy second-grader doesn’t let anything get in his way and always has a smile on his face.
In the traumatic delivery, Ariel suffered a brachial plexus injury, when her right arm was pinned behind her back in her mother’s birth canal. Brachial plexus injuries occur in about one in 1,000 births.
Erin Mazzola remembers looking at a clock right before she, her husband Nick, and their daughter Abigail left an area hospital. Ten minutes later they arrived at St. Louis Children's Hospital, after a brief ride that was the beginning of what she calls a life-changing experience.
Tyler King is just four years old, but his determination is inspiring. For the first four years of his life, Tyler has encountered challenges that most adults would find difficult.
He survived cancer not once, but three times. This twelve-year-old discusses his battles with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the soft tissue and muscle, as well as cancer of the thyroid. Today, you can catch up with the A student on the basketball court, the baseball field or in the kitchen cooking dinner!