Tommy, now 4, is completely healthy after a successful neurosurgery performed by Dr. Peter Sun.
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Peter Sun and Laura, nine months after Laura's surgery.
Keyvon is still healthy and happy after craniofacial surgery gave his brain room to grow.
The Best Care in the Worst of Times
Modern lifestyles place enormous pressure on the lives of parents: commuting, work, rushing to get the kids to school, spending some quiet time with a spouse…it seems impossible to fit it all in. The stress is only amplified by unexpected trouble: the loss of a job, a death in the family, or, as in our experience, ill children.
As parents of seven children, my wife and I never have a dull moment. But when one child is missing, there is a true void, and when our 14-month old son, Tommy, was admitted to Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, a concerned silence replaced the lively noises of our busy family. More>
In Good Hands: Rare Surgery Delivers a Cure
Last June, Kim was driving home with her daughter, Laura, who had just had an MRI. Kim remembers that day like it was yesterday. Laura, then 10, turned to her mom and said, “You know mom, I learned a lot this year. I learned that there are a lot of children in pain and that life is serious.” But in the months to come, Laura would also learn that there is hope—and sometimes a cure—for children in pain and that life’s seriousness goes hand in hand with happiness.
Laura was 5 years old when she started experiencing chronic headaches. Far from being a complainer, she tried to learn to live with pain. “We would be leaving the house in the morning, and I would lock the door, turn around and see her laying on the sidewalk, waiting for the car,” Kim remembers. “‘Does your head hurt?’ I would ask, and she would nod, ‘Yes, it does.’” More>
A Little More Space: Keyvon's Story
“All the girls think I’m cute now,” reports Keyvon, age 7. One year after his surgery at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, the girls’ assessment is indeed accurate. But the problem that prompted the unusual operation on his skull went far beyond aesthetics: Keyvon had a very rare life-threatening condition that had defied diagnosis before his arrival at Children’s.
Keyvon began suffering from debilitating headaches at age 5. “The pain came suddenly and was severe,” Keyvon’s grandmother, Jeanne Danielson, remembers. “In the middle of something, he would say Oh-oh, here it comes’ and then he would lay down until he threw up. Then he would fall asleep. At their worst, the headaches happened every other day.” More>