Doctors told Samantha to prepare for the worst — that her son D’Kaiden likely wouldn’t survive after birth.
Category: Patient Story
Going through cancer at any stage in your life is unbelievably difficult, but as a 19-year-old during a pandemic, Delanee faced emotional and physical pain that she’d never felt before.
Shortly after Rosie was born, physicians diagnosed her with Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD), a rare, life-threatening genetic disorder in which the body is unable to process certain proteins.
PICU physicians diagnosed Rosie with acute meningoencephalitis. While meningitis is a condition that involves inflammation or infection of the protective layer of membranes that surround the brain (the meninges), encephalitis involves inflammation or infection of the brain tissue.
In late September, following several failed attempts to wake Taylor from her now 10-week-long coma, neurosurgeon Taylor Abel, MD, suggested an experimental type of deep brain stimulation. The procedure involved implanting an electrode in Taylor’s brain to modify electrical signals.
Maelynn primarily relies on a wheelchair to get around, but according to her mother, Kaitlyn, Maelynn doesn’t let that slow her down.
When Cate was 9, a biopsy revealed a rare case of childhood melanoma. Cate’s mom, Amanda, immediately brought her daughter to UPMC Children’s Pediatric Melanoma Center for treatment.
While Danielle was still pregnant, she learned that her unborn baby boy was already fighting an uphill battle. Not only did genetic testing reveal that the baby would be born with Down syndrome, but scans also revealed that he had a congenital heart defect.
Erin was born prematurely, so she was unable to fight off the severe infection, which damaged over 70% of her brain. She is unable to walk or feed herself, so she will need total care and assistance for the rest of her life.
Julien’s remarkable story started before he was born. When Mandy was only 20 weeks along in her pregnancy, a routine scan revealed that something wasn’t right with her unborn baby’s heart.