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Cadence’s Story

One Day Changed Our Lives Forever

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A Stroke Paralyzes Cadence’s Left Side On June 30 2013, my 7-year-old daughter, Cadence Stamper, unexpectedly suffered a severe stroke. The entire left side of her body was paralyzed. She couldn’t sit up, stand up, scoot herself up or even use the restroom or shower. It even hurt to sit strapped into a wheelchair. On July 3rd we were transferredRead full post

From Tragedy to Triumph

Diagnosis of Anaplastic Ependymoma Causes Alarm

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Before Joseph turned a year old, he started showing symptoms for hydrocephalus–symptoms like headaches, migraines, nausea and vomiting. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, hydrocephalus happens when extra fluid from the brain and spinal cord accumulates, putting pressure on the brain and causing brain damage. Jamie was soon able to get a diagnosis from their doctors.Read full post

MoMo Twins Update

Isabella and Sofia One Year Later

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Just one year ago, Josefina and Greg Walker received a special Leap Year gift – the birth of their identical, monoamniotic twin daughters, Isabella and Sofia. After 32 weeks gestation, they were delivered at UC Davis Medical Center. Isabella and Sofia shared an amniotic sac in their mother’s uterus during gestation, a very rare condition that occurs in about 1 percentRead full post

Scary Beginning–Happy Ending

My HELLP Syndrome Gets Help

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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