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NEWS | May 14, 2013

Children's Hospital patient to appear on Animal Planet series


Cable television channel Animal Planet was at UC Davis Children’s Hospital  last week to produce an episode of the series “Monsters Inside Me” about Precious Reynolds, the Humboldt County grade-schooler who in 2011 became the third person in the United States known to have survived rabies infection.

Reenactment of Precious Reynold's hospitalization Reenactment of Precious Reynold's hospitalization

The team treating Precious was led by Jean Wiedeman, associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases. Wiedeman coordinated her care with state, local and federal officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Carol Glaser of the California Department of Public Health's Encephalitis and Special Investigations Section, and county health departments in Humboldt and Sacramento counties.

Portions of the Animal Planet program will include reenactments. These were taped at the Center for Virtual Care with the assistance of Program Manager William Hammontree.

In the photo at left, Producer Brent Lerash directs Wiedeman (far right, wearing mask), as Reynolds’ father, Willie, and grandmother, Shirlee Roby, look on. Precious is on the hospital bed. Wiedeman diagnosed Precious and continues to guide her care. Children's Hospital Assistant Professor of Pediatric Critical-Care Medicine Theresa Murdock-Vlautin also was interviewed for the program. An airdate has not been set.

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