Rady Children’s Hospital Miracle Moments

Cristian Baltierra
Cristian Baltierra
After being told he may not survive or walk again, 13-year-old Cristian Baltierra is not only in remission from a brain tumor, but has been able to play sports. Cristian’s mom, Maria Baltierra, thanks Rady Children’s Hospital-SanDiego for making the hospital experience less scary and at times fun for her son and says she wouldn’t change what happened because “it has made me the mom that I am and has strengthened Cristian in such a way, he is such a wonderful human being.”
Cristian Baltierra
Patrick Iveson & Kayler
Patrick Iveson & Kayler
A motivational speaker and adaptive surfer, 18-year-old Patrick Ivison is a true inspiration as he continually strives to overcome his spinal cord injury after being struck by a car as a toddler. He credits Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego for “the opportunity to live this incredible life,” and not only surfs each year in the US Open of Surfing as an Ambassador for Life Rolls On, but has appeared on media outlets including The Today Show, E! Entertainment, Transworld Surf Magazine, MTV, Fuel TV, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Patrick Iveson & Kayler
Victor Hernandez
Victor Hernandez
A bicycle helmet saved 12-year-old Victor Hernandez’s life when he was hit by a car in 2009. Though he was hospitalized for three months, on life support for three weeks and was a vegetable for over a month, doctors at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego helped him overcome the effects of his brain injury and broken bones. He is now learning to read, write and walk again and is a huge advocate for helmet safety.
Victor Hernandez
Max Hammerstrom
Max Hammerstrom
At 14 months old, Max underwent open heart surgery to close a hole in his heart due to Ventricular Septal Defect. Today, the sixth grader loves life, his family, friends, skateboarding, surfing, sports of all kind and the Padres. His parents will support Rady Children’s Heart Institute in February 2013 with the 6th Annual Max and Jake’s Big Race, which was born after Max’s neighbor, Jake, had a similar surgery at 18 months. They feel that without the support of the staff, “Max and Jake’s outcomes could have been very different. They gave our boys great care-and they educated us as parents to help us make the right choices for our boys.”
Max Hammerstrom
Nadia Abila and her family knew they had a tough road ahead of them when she was diagnosed with liver cancer before the age of 5. Now that Nadia is 7-years-old, her family is grateful for the care they received at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. “We’ll forever be indebted to them because of everything they provided, not just for Nadia as the patient, but for the family in general as a whole” explains Nadia’s mom, Monica. “Right away we knew that her treatments would require a lot of traveling, a lot of support from the hospital, and they were there from day one.”
Nadia Abila Nadia Abila and her family knew they had a tough road ahead of them when she was diagnosed with liver cancer before the age of 5. Now that Nadia is 7-years-old, her family is grateful for the care they received at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. “We’ll forever be indebted to them because of everything they provided, not just for Nadia as the patient, but for the family in general as a whole” explains Nadia’s mom, Monica. “Right away we knew that her treatments would require a lot of traveling, a lot of support from the hospital, and they were there from day one.”
In April 2012, Cole Nisil’s parents discovered what they thought might be an allergic reaction on Cole’s foot was actually Kawasaki’s disease. They were immediately referred to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego since his cardiovascular system was affected and his aorta inflamed. “When we realized the severity of the situation. . . it was comforting to have someone with care and experience” explained his mother Amanda. “He remained so brave and positive.” Cole continues to be monitored by the cardiovascular specialists at Rady Children’s Hospital and not only rides bikes, jumps on trampolines and plays ball but “is full of energy now and back into childhood full force!”
Cole Nisil In April 2012, Cole Nisil’s parents discovered what they thought might be an allergic reaction on Cole’s foot was actually Kawasaki’s disease. They were immediately referred to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego since his cardiovascular system was affected and his aorta inflamed. “When we realized the severity of the situation. . . it was comforting to have someone with care and experience” explained his mother Amanda. “He remained so brave and positive.” Cole continues to be monitored by the cardiovascular specialists at Rady Children’s Hospital and not only rides bikes, jumps on trampolines and plays ball but “is full of energy now and back into childhood full force!”
Kassidy Brewer does not remember mowing the lawn or saying ‘my head is vibrating’ shortly after she finished the job on August 4, 2008. She had suffered a hemorrhage when a tangle of abnormal arteries and veins in her brain, caused by a genetic illness called arteriovenous malformation, had ruptured. After being airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, Kassidy was in a coma for several months, suffered a stroke and underwent 12 surgeries, eight of them brain surgeries. When she miraculously woke up, she had to re-learn to walk, talk and eat on her own. Over the years, a combination of physical, occupational and speech therapy have helped her return to a largely normal life. "Rady [Children’s Hospital] did so many things; they were a family," Kassidy’s mom, Donna shared. "They got us through the most difficult time in our life.” A doctor that worked closely with the Brewer family, Dr. Peterson, praised them saying “The Brewers are the kind of family that makes medicine rewarding. Everyone who took care of Kassidy went home feeling good because they are such a loving, caring family.”
Kassidy Brewer Kassidy Brewer does not remember mowing the lawn or saying ‘my head is vibrating’ shortly after she finished the job on August 4, 2008. She had suffered a hemorrhage when a tangle of abnormal arteries and veins in her brain, caused by a genetic illness called arteriovenous malformation, had ruptured. After being airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, Kassidy was in a coma for several months, suffered a stroke and underwent 12 surgeries, eight of them brain surgeries. When she miraculously woke up, she had to re-learn to walk, talk and eat on her own. Over the years, a combination of physical, occupational and speech therapy have helped her return to a largely normal life. "Rady [Children’s Hospital] did so many things; they were a family," Kassidy’s mom, Donna shared. "They got us through the most difficult time in our life.” A doctor that worked closely with the Brewer family, Dr. Peterson, praised them saying “The Brewers are the kind of family that makes medicine rewarding. Everyone who took care of Kassidy went home feeling good because they are such a loving, caring family.”
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