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Patient Stories

Maria

Maria

Twenty-three weeks into Maria Meza’s pregnancy, twins Addison and Addilyn Marquez were diagnosed with a serious condition called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. In this rare condition, blood vessels that connect identical twins grow unevenly in the womb, causing one fetus to receive too much blood, and one to get too little. It can be deadly for […]

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Logan

Logan

Logan Leonard was just two days old when he was diagnosed with a serious health condition. Attentive nurses at Huntington Hospital identified the problem — ensuring Logan could receive prompt diagnosis and treatment. Tests revealed that little Logan had Hirschsprung disease. One in every 5,000 newborns has this condition. These infants lack special nerve cells, […]

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Lisa

Lisa

When Lisa Perkins began feeling unwell, she visited Huntington Hospital oncologist Dr. Annie Yessaian, who had previously treated her successfully for ovarian cancer. A computerized tomography scan detected a tumor on Lisa’s kidney and she was referred to Dr. Armen Dikranian, urologic surgeon and the medical director of the robotic surgery program. Dr. Dikranian recommended […]

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Keith

Keith

Keith Jones considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world. His story began 15 years ago, as a Pasadena police officer, when the city of Pasadena provided the benefit of a full-body scan to police leadership. The scan revealed Keith had an aortic aneurysm, which is a bulge in the main artery that […]

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Jon

Jon

Jon Garkow was just wrapping up a meeting at work when it began. His hand started clenching involuntarily. He fell to the ground, his entire right side completely numb. “It was scary and strange,” he says. “I knew something was very wrong.” Colleagues quickly called 911, and an ambulance rushed Jon to Huntington Hospital. He […]

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Jackie

Jackie

“I had the most amazing team taking care of me at Huntington Cancer Center. With so many treatment options, lung cancer can be treated and even cured it doesn’t have to mean a death sentence. I’m thankful for every day,” says Jackie Steimke. Watch as Jackie shares her experience battling lung cancer with the support […]

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Isaac

Isaac

It seemed like no matter what Isaac Reyes did, he couldn’t lose the extra weight, so he decided to have bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. David Lourié, MD, medical director of minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery at Huntington Hospital, performed what is known as gastric sleeve surgery. “I was classified as morbidly obese,” says Isaac, “and […]

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Emmanuel

Emmanuel

Like many kids his age, 3-year-old Emmanuel Peniche had started potty training. During one potty session, though, something went very wrong. Emmanuel started crying — apparently in pain — and then passed out. Afraid, his parents, Felipe and Jetzabel, rushed him to a nearby hospital. The facility was not equipped to treat him, so he […]

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Lascaze was in extreme pain. It started suddenly, when she was just 23 weeks pregnant with twins. Something was wrong. “It was terrifying,” says Elizabeth. “I didn’t know if we were going to lose the babies.” Her physician determined that Elizabeth was going into labor — dangerously early. Her twins needed more time in […]

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Elena

Elena

Elena Elias was born on May 11, 2017, after only 23 weeks and five days of gestation. Her mom, Natalie, had an emergency cesarean section at Huntington Hospital. Elena was born small — only 1 pound, 2.2 ounces (515 grams) — a micro preemie. Elena could not breathe on her own at birth. Elizabeth Kovacs, […]

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