Patient Stories

We greatly appreciate our patients and their families allowing us to share their stories with you. We hope that their stories will be informative, heart-warming and inspiring. 


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Nathaniel Day

When Nathaniel was born, his parents, Leanna and Matthew Day, already knew that their baby would need immediate surgery. Doctors at Brenner Children’s Hospital had discovered a congenital condition, pulmonary atresia, during his mother’s pregnancy. Read Nathaniel’s Story.


Caleb Jones

As a former athlete, Roy Jones knew that something had to be wrong with his 15-year-old son, Caleb. A solid basketball and football player, Caleb was in terrific shape but had trouble keeping up with other players on the court and seemed winded during games. Caleb was sent to Brenner Children’s Hospital where he was seen by pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Wesley Covitz. Read Caleb’s Story.

Tori Downey

Seven-year-old Tori Downey was originally diagnosed with pneumonia, but when her condition did not improve, further tests showed she had a heart defect known as a vascular ring. Read Tori’s Story.



CJ Stubbs 

CJ Stubbs had been playing sports all his life. He loved football and rarely let anything hold him back. So when he began passing out during football games and after strenuous exercise, his parents knew something was wrong. Read CJ’s Story.


ENT/Head and Neck Surgery

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Sarah Veach

When Sarah started having trouble breathing and swallowing, her mom and dad knew it was time to visit the Pediatric Emergency Department at Brenner Children’s Hospital. Read Sarah’s Story.

Emergency Department


Alex Gray

Broken bones require very special care for children. Alex Gray describes her experience at Brenner Children’s Hospital. Watch Alex’s Video.


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Jonah Williams

Jonah Williams has an extremely rare condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). EB is an inherited connective tissue disease causing blisters in the skin and mucosal membranes. As a result, the skin is extremely fragile. Jonah's mom, Patrice Williams, talks about her son's condition and the excellent care provided at Brenner Children's Hospital. Watch Jonah’s Video.




Faith Reeves

A terrible head injury put Faith Reeves in the emergency department at Brenner Children’s Hospital where pediatric experts kept her alive. Watch Faith’s Video.




Will and Lindy Southern

Will and Lindy Southern were born prematurely at 25 weeks old. They spent three months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Brenner Children’s Hospital. Watch Will and Lindy’s Video.


Madison Lindsay

Leigh Anne Lindsay, mom of twins, shares her experience as daughter Madison is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Brenner and son William is home. Because of the Nicview cameras, friends and family are able to see Madison 24-hours a day. Watch Madison's Video.


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Jarred Smith

Eight-year-old Jarred Smith was training for cross-country track when he noticed that he was feeling especially tired. When he experienced a recurring fever, his parents made him an appointment with Dr. Becky Weinshilboum, and they soon found out the diagnosis was leukemia. Watch Jarred’s Video.


Caleb Frye

Cancer survivor Caleb Frye beats the odds. His experience at Brenner Children's Hospital has led him to consider a career as a pediatric oncologist -- helping other children. Read Caleb’s Story

Orthopaedic Surgery

Brittany Farmer

Brittany Farmer was having trouble taking 20 steps without experiencing terrible hip pain. She leaned to the right when she walked and she turned her right foot in to help balance herself.  Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon John Frino, MD, diagnosed Brittany with hip dysplasia, a fairly common disorder that affects about 1 in 1,000 patients in the United States. Read Brittany’s Story.



Gabrielle Aldea

When Gabrielle Aldea was born with a bladder the size of a thimble, her mom, Chrischa, knew this was the beginning of a long road for her daughter. Read Gabrielle’s Story.