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Gia spent the first months of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lurie Children's after being born with a congenital birth defect, esophageal atresia. She was then diagnosed with bronchoesophageal fistula, duodenal atresia and two esophagi and underwent seven invasive surgeries and 20 procedures requiring anesthesia. Gia spent much of her time at Lurie Children's depended on lifesaving technology. When the hospital moved from Lincoln Park to the new Lurie Children's downtown location in 2012, Gia was one of the smallest patients to make the trek. Today she is a thriving 6-year-old who loves playing with Shopkins and talking a lot.
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Until she received a heart transplant at 4-years-old, Lucy had an underdeveloped left ventricle, a condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Only one of every 4,500 babies have this condition which is fatal without surgery. A heart catheterization in March, 2018, revealed Lucy was in the early stages of heart failure and needed to be transferred from her small hometown hospital to a medical center that could better tend to her extensive care. As soon as she moved to Lurie Children's doctors determined she needed a transplant. Lucy spent one month on the donor list waiting for her heart before her transplant took place in April, 2018. Though she will be heading home soon, Lucy is currently staying close to her doctors at Lurie Children's in case of any complication. "She's still so innocent in that she doesn't really completely comprehend what's going on," her mom, Betsy Shannon, says. "She's lived a lot of her life in the hospital, so it doesn't feel out of the norm for her to spend every day here."
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Ella was born on June 6, 2017 and immediately rushed to the Lurie Children's neonatal intensive care unit. One month later, Ella was diagnosed with Pierre Robin sequence, a set of abnormalities affecting the head and face. In addition, Ella began to have regular seizures which led her family to consult the Division of Epilepsy. Ella, named for Cinderella, and her family thought of their Lurie Children's team as their fairy godmothers, working their magic to give every child a healthier future. On the advice of the epilepsy team, Ella started the Ketogenic diet and eventually this led to her being able to stop taking seizure medication. On November 1, 2017, Ella finally went home for the first time. She was home until early December when she was brought to the emergency room for a virus and where she would then stay in the pediatric intensive care unit. Ella's parents made promises to their little girl and read her one last story. Ella passed away peacefully in her parent's arms on December 14th, 2017.
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Benjamin's cancer treatment began with nine months of intense chemotherapy via I.V. and weekly clinics to monitor his cell count. In September, 2016, he transitioned to a "maintenance" phase, which includes daily chemotherapy pills, weekly antibiotics and monthly clinic visits for I.V. chemotherapy. 9-year-old Benjamin has now gained weight, his hair has grown back and he has happily rejoined his friends at school. He loves all things sports-related, so when one of his sports heroes, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, visited the Lurie Children's, it was a major highlight. Benjamin and his family now help kids just like him by fundraising for cancer research.
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