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Meet the Mazzola Family

Erin Mazzola shares her experience with St. Louis Children's Hospital after her daughter Abigail was rushed to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor. Music therapy was a key ingredient to Abigail's healing and neuro-rehabilitation. This story first aired on KMOV-TV.

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Meet Joe and Kelly Pimmel

The Pimmel family shares the story of their baby boy Jack who was treated at St. Louis Children's Hospital for infant leukemia. Jack's legacy lives on in cancer research being conducted by Dr. Todd Druley. This story first aired on KMOV-TV.

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Meet Mitchell Herndon

Mitchell and his mom Michele share the story of Mitchell's journey from an athletic and high-performing middle-school student to a long-term patient at St. Louis Children's Hospital with an undiagnosed condition. Despite losing his hearing and the ability to walk, Mitchell never let his health issues deter him from keeping up with his studies. Thanks to the hospital's schoolroom, he graduated with the rest of his 8th grade class and was recently accepted into the National Honors Society. This story first aired on KMOV-TV.

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Yordonis' Story - Surgeons Rebuild His Esophagus

Catch up with Yordanis DelaCruz, profiled in the second season of The Frontline for Hope. The 3-year-old boy lives more than 1,800 miles away from St. Louis, in the Dominican Republic. In his tiny village, he accidentally drank a substance in a soda can, which he thought was soda. It turns out, the can was filled with toxic cleaning chemicals that burned his throat and esophagus. The damage was so extensive, Yordanis could no longer use his esophagus to eat or speak, and he needed a tube in his neck, or a tracheotomy, to breathe.

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Meet Makenna - Spina Bifida Clinic

The specialists at St. Louis Children's Hospital help guide parents through caring for a child with spina bifida using evidence based protocols, offering families the benefits of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. Patient Makenna Barnes was diagnosed in utero, and is an energetic, thriving toddler today.

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Grace Rings the Chemo Bell

We first met Grace while she was receiving chemotherapy for a form of childhood cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma during season 2 of The Frontline for Hope, a TV docuseries highlighting the patients, families and staff of St. Louis Children's Hospital. We are so happy to report that Grace has finished her treatment. She celebrated by ringing the ceremonial bell in our oncology department.

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Meet Caleb, Heart Transplant Patient

Caleb's family shares his long heart transplant journey with the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Waiting for a Heart Transplant: Meet the Kaelin Family

The Kaelin family awaits a heart transplant for their daughter, Anna, a little girl who was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. They share their experience awaiting a heart transplant in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at St. Louis Children' Hospital.

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Isaac and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Meet Isaac, a patient from the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at St. Louis Children's Hospital, who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

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Dawson's Smile

Six-year-old Dawson has Mobius Syndrome, which causes facial paralysis. That means he has never had the ability to smile...until now. Dr. Alison Snyder-Warwick is a Washington University pediatric plastic surgeon at St. Louis Children's Hospital. She specializes in facial reanimation surgery. The Plastic Surgery specialty at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is one of only a handful of centers in the country that focuses on this specialized procedure.

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