Children's Hospital L.A.

@childrensla

We provide the highest quality healthcare for children in our region & beyond. Refer a patient: 888-631-2452.


  • 2 days ago
    Fiona knows she has a prosthetic leg; She just doesn't know that it's supposed to matter. She dances, rides a bike, works a scooter. Basically, Fiona is unstoppable. To read more about Fiona's spirit, click the link in our bio.
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  • 4 days ago
    CHLA's volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, but the connections they make with our patients are all the same: special. Amber is a three-legged (or what the dog community loves to call a #tripawd!) therapy dog that doesn’t let her differences hold her back ... Especially when it comes to putting a smile on a child’s face. To find out more about Amber’s story, click the link in our bio. #VolunteerWeek
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  • 10 days ago
    #ScienceSavesLives | Join CHLA physicians, researchers and staff in Downtown L.A. on 4/22 to #MarchforScience! Click on the link in our bio to learn more.
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  • 11 days ago
    Join us in Downtown L.A. on April 22 as we #MarchforScience! We will be acknowledging the significant contributions that federal NIH funding has made to finding new treatments for the diseases that impact our kids ... kids like Aiden. But the proposed cuts to the federal budget may bring these life-saving advances to a halt. Learn how you can help by clicking the link in our bio.
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  • 17 days ago
    Check out our take on the #NYerORCoverChallenge—female surgeons around the world are replicating this recent @newyorkermag cover. This shot includes someone from every level of surgical training! 6 o’clock: Chelsea Lam (medical student); 9 o’clock: Bailey Zampella (resident); 12 o’clock: Andrea Sloan (surgical physician assistant), 3 o’clock: Erin Kiehna, MD (attending neurosurgeon). Read about Kiehna in our recent International Women’s Month Profile [link in profile]. #ILookLikeaSurgeon
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  • 23 days ago
    CHLA patient Saylor thanks all of you in helping to #MakeMarchMatter! Because of you and our 110+ partners, we are closing in on $1.7 million––all of which will help ensure that CHLA can continue to provide critical, lifesaving care to kids here in Los Angeles.
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  • 26 days ago
    Hi, Dr. Friedlich. My name is Emmy, one of your ECMO baby patients 14 years ago at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. I am a perfectly normal eighth-grader but I never had a chance to thank you. I thank my mom for giving me life, but I want to thank you for saving my life. My mom showed me a heartbreaking picture of myself when I was in the hospital, but I was fortunate enough to survive because of you. It would be very paramount for me to visit the place that saved my life and the angel guardians who saved me and numerous infants like me. Thank you very much on Mother’s Day!!! Gratefully, Emmy ----- Emmy Chen's mother Linda Sun had no idea her teenage daughter was going to send this email to the doctor that helped save her life when she was but a few hours old. ----- Back in 2002, as Linda was recovering from her cesarean section, a doctor rushed into her room to tell her that her daughter needed to be transferred to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles because her lungs were failing and she needed an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) bypass machine to help her breathe. A buildup of a waste material called meconium was trapped in her lungs (a condition called meconium aspiration syndrome), and blocking normal oxygen flow. ----- "When she came to us, Emmy’s condition was life-threatening," says Center for Fetal and Neonatal Medicine Director Philippe Friedlich, M.D., who was part of Emmy’s care team at the time. "ECMO was the only remaining treatment that could save her life." And it did. ----- Emmy was taken off ECMO after a few days, but remained at CHLA two more months as doctors monitored her condition. Emmy still required a feeding tube and oxygen support for a few months after she went home, but eventually was able to function on her own. ----- As she grew up, Emmy was curious about what happened and often asked her mother about the doctors who cared for her. On May 8, 2016, Emmy sent her heartfelt email to Dr. Friedlich, who was more than happy to grant her request for a visit to CHLA. "It’s very rare to receive an email from a past patient," says Friedlich. "In my career, no letter has ever touched me like that letter did."
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  • 27 days ago
    Twins Sophia and Olivia were born on February 13, 2015, which dad John remembers was Friday the 13th. They were very premature, born at just 24 weeks, weighing about 1.5 pounds each. ----- After a few weeks Sophia unexpectedly became very sick. It happened so quickly and severely that her doctors called for a medical helicopter to fly her to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. When she flew on March 12, 2015, John says the CHLA doctor who transported Sophia told them she had a severe infection. ----- CHLA doctors were eventually able to hone in on the culprit. A course of antibiotics helped Sophia recover but in the process she lost her right hand. ----- After spending her first three months in hospital rooms, Sophia and her sister eventually were sent home with oxygen tubes, which they used for about a year, but are now off those and growing well. ----- For the doctors and nurses of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, nothing is more rewarding than seeing the remarkable progress made by former patients, many of whom spent weeks or months overcoming great odds in the NICCU. ----- To celebrate the lives and accomplishments of NICCU graduates, CHLA and Kidspace Children’s Museum partnered to host the NICCU Reunion in celebration of the lives saved by CHLA. ----- @kidspacemuseum #nicu #nicugrad #preemie #preemiepower
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  • 27 days ago
    Sadie spent 7.5 months in the NICCU. She was born with a life-threatening birth defect called congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), essentially a hole in the abdominal muscle integral to breathing. Sadie was placed on ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation), which helped function as a lung and heart for her. Doctors were able repair her CDH by sewing a patch on the diaphragm. Her own muscle fibers could intertwine around the patch, and it would stretch as she grows. ----- Today, you’d never know this fifth grader who loves playing basketball and riding her bike was ever in such critical shape. ----- For the doctors and nurses of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, nothing is more rewarding than seeing the remarkable progress made by former patients, many of whom spent weeks or months overcoming great odds in the NICCU. ----- To celebrate the lives and accomplishments of NICCU graduates, CHLA and Kidspace Children’s Museum partnered to host the NICCU Reunion in celebration of the lives saved by CHLA. ----- @kidspacemuseum #nicu #nicugrad
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  • 27 days ago
    Zion was born as a micro-preemie. He weighed only 1 pound, 1 ounce, and was barely a foot long at the time of birth. Zion underwent nine surgeries and spent four months in the NICCU before being transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), then eventually home. ----- Zion left the hospital with a few medications, oxygen and a G-tube, but his mom, Mykael says he's gotten so strong that he tries to pull his oxygen tank around with him as he rushes around the home. ----- For the doctors and nurses of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, nothing is more rewarding than seeing the remarkable progress made by former patients, many of whom spent weeks or months overcoming great odds in the NICCU. ----- To celebrate the lives and accomplishments of NICCU graduates, CHLA and Kidspace Children’s Museum partnered to host the NICCU Reunion in celebration of the lives saved by CHLA. ----- @kidspacemuseum #nicu #nicugrad
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  • about 1 month ago
    Join us as we thank those who are there for the highs and lows, and for every part of the journey. #ChildLifeMonth [Full video - Link in bio]
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  • about 1 month ago
    Smurfette ventured out of her village to find out she wasn't alone—She found the kids at CHLA! She also brought along the #SmurfsMovie and the voice of her character, @ddlovato. Thanks for helping us #MakeMarchMatter!
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