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Scary Beginning–Happy Ending

My HELLP Syndrome Gets Help

Isabel Ollinger Photography

I was admitted to UC Davis Hospital in February, 2012, with HELLP Syndrome (A life-threatening pregnancy complication, a variant of preeclampsia. Both conditions usually occur during the later stages of pregnancy). I had undergone 7 weeks of misdiagnosed early onset symptoms, at a different hospital system. NEC (Necrotizing Entercolitis) Logan was born at 1 lb 5.9 ounces via emergency c-section atRead full post

Monoamniotic Twins

MoMo Twins Share Amniotic Sac

Josefina and Greg Walker, of Stockton, received a special Leap Year gift on Leap Year 2016 – the birth of their identical, monoamniotic twin daughters, Isabella and Sofia, who were delivered at UC Davis Medical Center at 32 weeks gestation. The girls continued their development in the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s Level IV nursery and todayRead full post

I Was Born with a Brain Cyst

Congenital Hydrocephalus


When I was born, my local hospital soon realized there was a cyst on my brain. I was immediately sent to UC Davis Children’s Hospital to be treated by a pediatric neurosurgeon. When I was a month old, they inserted a VP shunt to manage the hydrocephalus cyst. I had a total of 12 surgeries at UC Davis Children’s Hospital forRead full post

Matthew’s Story

Miracle Surgery in Womb Saved His Life

Baby Aiden Couldn’t Eat

Bloating and Breathing Issues Also Cause Alarm

All we knew was that our infant son, Aiden, couldn’t eat. He also had terrible bloating. The first hospital we visited told us the reason he couldn’t keep food down–eating only 2 ounces at a time–was gas. Seeing him in so much pain broke our hearts. His breathing was labored, and, although his arms and legs were really thin, hisRead full post


  • Teresa Cienfuegos

    Amazingly written Sis, Love Aiden nickname Tornado .. xoxo

Born with Ectopia Cordis

Part of Taylor’s Heart Beats Outside Her Small Body


First Case of Pentalogy of Cantrell (PoC) at UC Davis I was brought to UC Davis Hospital when I was 25 weeks pregnant with my daughter, Taylor. I went in for an ultrasound thinking my daughter had hypoplatic left heart syndrome. During the scan, however, we learned she had something much rarer–Ectopia Cordis. This meant that a piece of my daughter’sRead full post

Channel Perseveres

Our Healthy Twelve-Year-Old Has Stroke


Out of the Blue The doctors still aren’t sure what happened. There was no warning. Channel was at school and had just run a couple of miles during gym. Afterwards, she just seemed to collapse. At first, someone thought she might have gotten hit with a football. We soon learned, that, at the age of 12, Channel had had aRead full post

Curious Kirsten (Briana)

A Prolapsed Umbilical Cord Causes Alarm

Curious Briana

For the first five months of my pregnancy, I had high blood pressure and wasn’t able to drink or eat. As a precaution, I also had a scheduled doctor’s visit every week. Prior to this, by the age of 28, I had lost two babies.  This time, at 5 ½ months pregnant, something happened and I was suddenly able to eatRead full post

Guy Ciapponi–Four Years Later

Being Thankful–Then and Now


Then . . . This story begins in 2012. Shortly before Thanksgiving of that year, Erin Ciapponi delivered her second child at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, Calif. Guy weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Immediately afterwards, however, the baby experienced breathing and lung difficulties. Doctors at Mercy diagnosed him with a life-threatening condition of newborn babies:Read full post

McElroy Twins Make Surprise Entrance

A High Risk Pregnancy Gets Complicated


Sarah McElroy, pregnant with twins, woke in the middle of night. Only 28 weeks into her pregnancy, her water breaking was the furthest thing from her mind. However, when her husband, Jon, called UC Davis Medical Center, they were directed to go to the hospital for evaluation. They arrived at 1:30 a.m. Sarah’s pregnancy was considered high risk because she’d hadRead full post