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UC Davis Children’s Hospital

NEWS | August 27, 2014

Young earthquake survivor thankful to UC Davis Children's Hospital

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

Nicholas Dillon, the brave 13-year-old who survived after a chimney collapsed on him in his home during the Napa Valley earthquake last Sunday, is in good condition in UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Dillon’s recovery has garnered national and international media attention. He was interviewed from his hospital room in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit yesterday by NBC News, among other media outlets.

Nicholas Dillon received a visit from Sacramento Republic FC soccer club Forward Max Alvarez, himself a native of Napa. Nicholas Dillon received a visit from Sacramento Republic FC soccer club Forward Max Alvarez, himself a native of Napa.

Dillon also received a visit from Sac Republic FC soccer club Forward Max Alvarez, himself a native of Napa.

“I want to thank all of the people who helped me,” Dillon said. “I’m grateful to the paramedics who brought me to Queen of the Valley (Medical Center) and to UC Davis, all of the staff at UC Davis, my family and friends. I can’t describe how thankful I am. I was in tears last night a little bit looking at the news.”

Dillon is expected to make a full recovery.

“I’m going to be fine. It’s going to be a long recovery, but I’m going to be okay,” he said.

The determined young man had an inspiring message for everyone affected by the earthquake.

“I just want everyone to know that we all have setbacks, but we will get through this as a community."

Dillon’s family has established a fund to accept donations to support his recovery at the Bank of America: Nicholas M. Dillon Savings Account: 1641-0344-2511.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.