Our Children's Stories

Learn more about some of the remarkable patients at Children's Health. While these brave children battle serious conditions, each shares a common story of hope, courage and determination. Be inspired by their resiliency. See how they received the gift of childhood from Children's and from philanthropists like you.


Zena

For six months, this Children’s Health℠ hospital room adorned with cutouts of butterflies, hearts and unicorns has been a temporary home for 2-year-old Zena and her mom, Kenda. It’s where they fell asleep at night, where Kenda potty-trained Zena and where Children’s Health therapy dogs visited and climbed in her bed.

And this room, with its fluorescent lighting, is where Kenda and Zena waited on a heart.

Cash Selby

Once ranked nationally as one of the top 20 motocross racers for his age group, Cash hasn’t raced his bike for about a year. At a race in September 2017, a crash confined Cash to a cast for about four months. That was only the beginning.

Jacob Senden

Friends and neighbors of PGA golfer John Senden used to ask when they’d see him how to improve their golf game.

Now, they want to know how his 15-year-old son is doing.

Eli Jacobson

“I want Eli to have a normal life,” Eli's dad said. “And the only thing I want to be different about him is the scar on his chest, which is a badge of honor for going through what he did.”

Obie Carson

Elaine Carson leaned back against the green couch in her living room and cradled her 1-year-old son in her arms. The baby sucked on her finger, bearing his new front teeth when he grinned. “Ow! You hurt, buddy,” Elaine, 33, said teasingly at her home in Lindale, about an hour and a half east of Dallas.

Rome

Her future was bright. The sky was the limit. Until one day last December when it almost all came crashing down.

Elianna Soto

Elianna was born with two severe heart defects and had her first heart surgery when she was just 13 days old. “I wouldn’t have any other hospital take care of my child,” said Elianna’s mother, Letticia Soto. “Our daughter is alive because of Children’s Health℠.”

Hanna

Following a severe accident that caused injuries from her neck to her pelvis, Hanna was airlifted to Children's Health Trauma Center for advanced care. During her journey, Hanna collected more than 700 Beads of Courage to represent different milestones or treatments, more than any other patient in the Children’s Health Trauma Program.

Westyn Bates

Westyn had chemotherapy at Children's Medical Center Dallas when he was only 4 years old, and he was already thinking of others.

Olivia Solis

Olivia received a heart transplant that saved her life – at only 3 months old. Now, with a bright future ahead of her, Olivia is already making a big impact and helping others.
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