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.


Anthony Herman

Anthony was born with aortic valve stenosis, a life-threatening condition that restricted blood flow to his entire body. At only nine days old, he underwent open-heart surgery in Atlanta.

He got well and flourished, developing at a pace equal to or ahead of his peers. But he fell back into heart trouble at age 3 when his valves began to fail again.

Annabella Spears

Annabella, one of the precious lives saved at Children's in 2011, is just one story that illustrates the difference your support makes at Children's Medical Center.

This is just one story—but to Alexa and Shad Spears, it is the most important story of their life.

Ethan Fox

Ethan Fox doesn’t look ill. And he isn’t. In fact, he has no reason to think that he won’t be as healthy as anyone else. But without the generous gifts that helped make Children’s the first free-standing pediatric hospital in Texas with a Level I Trauma Center, Ethan might not be alive today.

Taylor Pierre

Taylor Pierre is still getting used to seeing his new appearance in the mirror. “I look handsome now,” the 17-year-old high school junior says with a smile.

Audrey and Kennedy Kirby

Weighing less than a pound at birth, sisters are living proof that Children’s can care for the tiniest patients.

Dakayta Givens

Born with spina bifida – a defect of the spinal cord, Dakayta Givens was at a significant risk for infection which could turn fatal. We followed her from the beginning when she was only a couple of hours old.

Sim Scott

Children’s Medical Center patient selected as 2012 Texas champion for children’s miracle network hospitals.

Gage Oakley

Students at South Grand Prairie High School have worked for months collecting donations for a classmate who has a passion for hot rods and trucks. Gage Oakley is a cancer survivor, but it has been a tough road. The 15-year-old was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of 2. He recovered from that cancer. But at the age of 14, doctors at Children’s Medical Center Dallas discovered a more aggressive type of cancer in his left leg.

Libby Arterburn

Libby, who received two liver transplants at age 4, said she never felt particularly isolated at her school because of her condition. Going to Camp SOAR afforded her the chance to be just like everyone else for once.

Slate May

As a parent, you do everything you can to protect your child from harm, but how do you protect him from a stroke?
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