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Children's Hospital L.A.  We provide the highest quality healthcare for children in our region & beyond. Refer a patient: 888-631-2452.

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In honor of #PhysicalTherapyMonth, we’re showing our appreciation to all the physical therapists at CHLA, who help get kids back to doing all the things that kids do.

By the time Jaida was 9, she had already been a competitive gymnast for 2 years, but this was also the time she started to complain of severe back pain.

Her parents decided to take her to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Outpatient Center in Encino where she was seen by Lindsay Andras, MD, attending physician in our Children’s Orthopaedic Center.

She was diagnosed with spondylolysis—or stress fractures—on both sides of her lumbar spine.

Since her condition was not severe, Andras decided not to operate and placed Jaida in a back brace instead.

“The condition usually heals in with scar tissue, occasionally with bone,” says Andras. “…It requires a lot of time, patience and dedication of the patient to both allow the injury to heal and protect it during that time.”

“Jaida was terribly disappointed that she couldn’t compete in all of her events during that season, and was even more sad that she couldn’t train for the hours every day that she normally did,” says her dad, JonDavid.

But after 6 months of back bracing, resting and healing, Jaida was granted a waiver to participate in the state championships. Despite her setbacks and the time she had off from training, Jaida still medaled in the top ten that year in beam and vault. Since then gone on to win not one, but two, state championships in vault!

She also hasn’t lost her sense of humor. After her treatment, she sent Andras a note saying, “Thanks for having my back!” —
Jaida is now 13, a level 8 gymnast and heading into the most intense year of her gymnastics career. Most importantly, she has been back pain-free thanks to her doctor and her own dedication.

From hosting a movie screening to selling slime, our Junior Ambassadors took major action on #ActionDay—a day where they’re encouraged (and encourage others) to give back to CHLA! Find out how you can be an ambassador: http://bit.ly/JrAmbassadors

(7 of 7) This is a moment in a day in the life of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Our work is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

A mom sings to her son while in the hospital. Music can soothe a child's pain and is often prescribed in our Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit.

Today, you can make an extra difference for the kids we treat. Until midnight tonight, your gift to our Helping Hands Fund will be matched to multiply your impact. Our goal today is $40,000. Even if it’s a small amount, please consider donating. [link in bio]

(6 of 7) This is a moment in a day in the life of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Our work is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Just another day in the hospital, watched over by a vigilant Power Ranger.

Today, you can make an extra difference for the kids we treat. Until midnight tonight, your gift to our Helping Hands Fund will be matched to multiply your impact. Our goal today is $40,000. Even if it’s a small amount, please consider donating. [link in bio]

(5 of 7) This is a moment in a day in the life of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Our work is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Ringing the bell marks the end of cancer treatment. This is a special moment that many hematology-oncology patients look forward to. As they wait to get chemotherapy, they hear others ring the bell down the hall. It signals the start of a new chapter.

Today, you can make an extra difference for the kids we treat. Until midnight tonight, your gift to our Helping Hands Fund will be matched to multiply your impact. Our goal today is $40,000. Even if it’s a small amount, please consider donating. [link in bio]

(4 of 7) This is a moment in a day in the life of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Our work is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

"Kaylin loves to make people laugh. Recently we've started to prank call some of the nurses. Kaylin will make the calls on speaker, quickly hang up the phone, and then we will call a couple more times. We're working on keeping a straight face when talking about the 'mysterious phone calls' people have been getting." – Amanda Brown, child life specialist

Today, you can make an extra difference for the kids we treat. Until midnight tonight, your gift to our Helping Hands Fund will be matched to multiply your impact. Our goal today is $40,000. Even if it’s a small amount, please consider donating. [link in bio]

(3 of 7) This is a moment in a day in the life of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Our work is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Physical therapy is literally one step at a time—with a helping hand or two.

Today, you can make an extra difference for the kids we treat. Until midnight tonight, your gift to our Helping Hands Fund will be matched to multiply your impact. Our goal today is $40,000. Even if it’s a small amount, please consider donating. [link in bio]

(2 of 7) This is a moment in a day in the life of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Our work is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

At 9 a.m., Zoe is already full of vibrant energy. Here, she pretends to be a super hero, flying around with her purple dragon named Cosmo. After zapping her enemies away, she enjoys some apple pie from the cafeteria downstairs. (We hear it's her favorite.)

Today, you can make an extra difference for the kids we treat. Until midnight tonight, your gift to our Helping Hands Fund will be matched to multiply your impact. Our goal today is $40,000. Even if it’s a small amount, please consider donating. [link in bio]

(1 of 7) This is a moment in a day in the life of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Our work is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Slow-opening doors and restricted access make the hallway leading into Children's Hospital Los Angeles' surgery suite a place for parents to give their child a few last words of encouragement before an operation. Sometimes called the "kissing station," it is one of the most emotional places at CHLA.

Today, you can make an extra difference for the kids we treat. Until midnight tonight, your gift to our Helping Hands Fund will be matched to multiply your impact. Our goal today is $40,000. Even if it’s a small amount, please consider donating. [link in bio]

Our therapy dogs provide distraction, motivation and comfort all throughout the hospital. But, just like the patients they meet, each dog has a unique personality. Find out which dog matches your personality by taking our quiz! [link in bio]
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Also, don't forget to watch our full video on dog therapy at bit.ly/chla-dogs

Marley Franklin is already an accomplished golf champion at just 13, but things weren't always as easy as her swing. She was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth and had to leave her New Orleans home due to Hurricane Katrina. Thankfully, with CHLA's expertise, she is now cured. Watch her special story: bit.ly/chla-marley [link in bio]

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