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Pediatric Heart Center

Pediatric Heart Center

Stories of Our Heart Heroes

Jamey Silva

Jamey Silva

Chico resident and UC Davis Children's Hospital patient Jamey Silva was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Five years and three surgeries later, he is running 2.62 miles in the maraFUNrun in Sacramento. "If he wants to do the full marathon when he gets older, that is something that he can tackle," said Jamey's mom, Amanda. [Keep Reading]

Georgie Paredes

Georgie Paredes

Avid soccer player Georgie Paredes, 12, received a visit from Sacramento Republic FC players Rodrigo Lopez and Cristian Gonzalez, two days after his heart surgery. Paredes was diagnosed with atrial septal defect with a partial anomalous pulmonary venous return and had a successful heart surgery at UC Davis Children's Hospital. [Keep Reading]

Xavier Smith

Xavier Smith

Xavier Smith was just 10 days old when he had his first open-heart surgery to repair a life-threatening congenital defect. “I think his care has been outstanding – all of the doctors at UC Davis are wonderful and do a great job of making sure I understand everything that goes on,” said Xavier's mom, Jessica. [Keep Reading]

Matthew "Tiny" Keiser

Matthew Keiser

We made some great friends in the hospital, including Dr. Raff and his team, all of the physicians in the PICU/PCICU and his cardiologists Michael Choy and Mark Parrish,” Rick Keiser said. “Everyone was amazing, from the housekeeping staff to Dr. Raff. They were incredible..." [Keep Reading]

Abbey Beers

 

"I don’t know how our lives would have been able to go on if she’d been two-and-a-half hours away in the Bay Area or if we would have had to move there temporarily,” says Katie Beers. “To say it was vital that we’ve been able to do this at UC Davis is probably an understatement."...  [Keep Reading]