Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

Patient Stories

  • Ruth Garcia

    Teen With Melanoma Gets Back to Doing What She Loves

    Follow-up care at our Tri-Cities location means Ruth and her family can focus on life again.

    Read the story.

  • Oliver and Santa

    Born With CDH, Matthew Rises Up for a Brighter Future

    When he was just 1 month old, surgeons used a special patch to mend his diaphragm. Now 9 years old, Matthew is thriving – and giving back.

    Read the story.
  • Oliver and Santa

    Bouncing Back From Overwhelming Odds After Surgery in NICU

    During Oliver’s early days in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), doctors performed lifesaving surgery. A month later, he went home.
    Read the story.

  • Kiddo having tests

    Breathing – and Eating – Easily

    During his early years, Emmett had trouble swallowing and often sucked food and fluid into his lungs. The search for a diagnosis led his family to Seattle Children’s. After surgery on his voice box, Emmett can eat normally instead of using a feeding tube. Read this family's story.
  • Kendall on balance beam

    Girl Born With Liver Outside Body Thrives as a Champion Gymnast

    Before she was born, Kendall was diagnosed with giant omphalocele, a defect in the wall of her belly. As a baby she had surgery at Seattle Children’s. Now 14 years old, she thrives as an award-winning gymnast. 
    Read her story.
  • Girl with questions

    Top 10 Questions Kids Ask Before Surgery

    Dr. Patrick Javid, a pediatric surgeon at Seattle Children’s, answers some of the questions that patients and families ask before surgery.
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  • onora with mom

    Life After Omphalocele: Onora’s Story

    Born with organs on the outside, Onora is now a happy, healthy toddler.
    Read the story
  • kiddo in stripes

    Diagnosed Before Birth, Baby With CDH Is Now a Healthy Toddler

    Alden’s family chose Seattle Children’s for his care when an ultrasound during pregnancy showed a hole in his diaphragm. 
    Read Alden’s story.
  • Elizabeth hiking80x108

    “I Never Thought I Could Feel Healthy, But I Do”

    Elizabeth lives life her way, despite inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), thanks to newer medicines and surgery to remove 3 feet of her colon. 
    Read Elizabeth’s story.
  • Kevin Mick

    Conjoined Twin Treated at Seattle Children’s Says “Thank You” to Russell Wilson

    Born a conjoined twin in 1992, Kevin Mick had at least 20 surgeries at Seattle Children’s. Now living a healthy, active life, he recalls the value of celebrity visits to the hospital. 
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  • Nolanx80x108

    Baby Born With CDH Stars in Diaper Dash

    Days after birth, Nolan had surgery to fix a hole in his diaphragm (congenital diaphragmatic hernia or CDH). To help raise awareness of CDH, his family entered the healthy toddler in the Disneyland Diaper Dash. 
    Watch the video.
  • Star bandage

    Surgeon Customizes Bandages to Comfort and Cheer Kids

    No kid wants to have an operation. Dr. Kim Riehle makes custom bandages to ease the experience for kids and their families.
    Read the full story.
  • Weighing the Options – and Sometimes Setting Aside Scalpels

    We are experts at surgery, but a different treatment may be better. More than 40% of the kids we see go home without needing an operation.
    Read the full story

Contact Us

Contact our General and Thoracic Surgery Department at 206-987-2794 for an appointment, a second opinion or more information.

To make an appointment, you can call us directly or get a referral from your child’s primary care provider. We encourage you to coordinate with your pediatrician or family doctor when coming to Seattle Children’s.

We see patients in clinic in Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way, Seattle and Tri-Cities.

Providers, see how to refer a patient.