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Sean Rawlins was born with VACTERL syndrome, a disorder that can cause defects in the vertebrae, digestive system, heart, trachea/esophagus and limbs. His parents were told by doctors to prepare for the worst and there was no treatment available for Sean due to his small size. But they wouldn’t give up hope and that’s when they found Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
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When they arrived, Sean was seen by Dr. Ben-Isaac and Dr. Stein to help treat his symptoms. Though difficult, both doctors continued on and performed multiple surgeries throughout his life.
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Sean is now 18. He just graduated from an area public high school with honors, despite being diagnosed with a learning disability, dyslexia and Asperger’s. On top of that, he is an incredible artist and has earned his Eagle Scout ranking with the @boyscoutsofamerica.
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“My son was able to do all of this because of the treatment and ongoing encouragement my son has received from CHLA,” says Sean’s mom, Shelly.
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Sean recently presented both Stein and Ben-Isaac with an Eagle Scout mentor pin—a token of his gratitude to two people who were willing to invest their time in him and help him get to where he is today.

Ben's life started off with uncertainty. At 27 hours of life, he was flown to CHLA and diagnosed with hypoplastic right heart syndrome. At four days old, he had his first open heart surgery. But as each day passed, Ben grew stronger and his heart beat a little harder. Watch his full story: bit.ly/chla-benclark [link in bio]

For more than two decades, Mohamed Bzeek has served as a foster parent to terminally ill children no else wants. [His story linked in bio]

Thank you to everyone who made our first, inaugural #WalkLA a success! Check out our •stories• for all the fun or visit WalkLA.org for more details!

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.” — Jim Valvano
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While still in the womb, it was discovered that Jeff and Cortney Given's baby girl had a heart defect. To be more specific, she had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, where the left side of the heart isn't fully formed.
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Despite all the unknowns, her family believed their baby girl, who they would name Zola, would get through it all. “There have been many hardships during this process,” says Jeff. “We almost lost her, but she is a fighter and has come out of it even stronger.”
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But there have also been moments of light. “She started smiling around two weeks old and hasn’t stopped,” says Cortney. “She has quite the smile!”
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Zola is currently eight weeks old and waiting to go home, but we know that her father’s strength and her family’s love will carry her to that special day and throughout her life. Most of all, Zola will grow up knowing that her daddy has always believed in her. “My biggest wish for Zola is to not let this heart condition hold her back,” says Jeff. “I hope she feels strong and confident enough to do whatever she wants in life.”
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To all the dads and father-figures, thanks for believing. Happy #FathersDay.

Last season, trouble was brewing for long-jumper Palmer Naftal. Every jump came with intensifying pain until one particular jump was, quite literally, the straw that broke his back. But thanks to Dr. Skaggs and his understanding of an athlete's mentality, Palmer was once again able to compete in the long jump and even set new personal records! Find out more about his story ➡️ Click link in bio.

Our Child Life team hosted our first annual Butterfly Clinic with special guest, @disneyjunior's Doc McStuffins! The clinic was a "medical play" themed event where patients and siblings can take a stuffed animal to different tables and participate in interactive and developmentally appropriate activities related to the hospital environment.

Tom Holland @tomholland2013 from SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING swings by for a visit with the kids at CHLA!
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Scroll through the photos to see more and read about Tom's visit: http://bit.ly/Spider-Man-Tom-Holland. Link also in bio.

#spiderman #tomholland #marvel

Full circle: Abby Jackson, 16, got to meet the doctor who operated on her when she was just 3 days old. “I might not even be here today if it weren’t for some of these people,” she says. “It’s pretty amazing when you think about it like that. This experience and all the people who were a part of it changed my life.” Read Abby's story. Link in bio.

Our friend Carmelo gets new, custom splints carefully made by one of our orthotists in CHLA's Spina Bifida Program. Carmelo was able to select from one of a dozen designs and he was pretty happy with his choice.

As he recovers from heart surgery, Benjamin Clark is learning one of life's first lessons: No one loves you like your mother.
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More on Ben's journey with his mom—click the link in our bio.

There are times when nurses are called to be more than a nurse.
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A bond had formed between two kids during their stay here and it was decided that it would be a fun idea to ask the nurses to create a scavenger hunt. These were the results! ☑️
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To show your appreciation to nurses who go above and beyond, send them a note! [link in bio]

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