Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

Patient Stories

When Your Child’s Life is in Someone Else’s Hands: The Williamses Put Their Trust in Seattle Children’s Surgical Team

Kelli Williams holds her son, Isaac.Seattle Children’s surgeons have a unique level of expertise removing solid tumors from children with neuroblastoma. Thanks to expert surgeons, Isaac's tumor was removed and he lives a healthy and happy life today. Read the story.

How Seattle Children’s Turned One Family’s Devastation Into Hope

Summer 70x70.jpgDiagnosed with a congnital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) at 19 weeks pregnat, the Fannin family cannot imagine their life without their spunky and vibrant daughter Summer. Seattle Children’s providers have cared for hundreds of infants with a CDH, and our pediatric surgery team is one of the most experienced in the nation. With such unique expertise, we have one of the highest survival rates in the nation for children born with a CDH. Read the story.

Twin Holds on to Life to Celebrate First Birthday with Sister

Twins 70x70.pngBorn with a rare condition called OEIS syndrome, also known as cloacal exstrophy, Amani Jackson reunites with her twin sister on their first birthday. Read the story.

Teen With Melanoma Gets Back to Doing What She Loves

Ruth smilingFollow-up care at our Tri-Cities location means Ruth and her family can focus on life again. Read the story.

Born With CDH, Matthew Rises Up for a Brighter Future

Dr Meehan and Matthew smiling together after an appointmentWhen 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.

Bouncing Back From Overwhelming Odds After Surgery in NICU

Oliver smiling while sitting on Santa's lapDuring Oliver’s early days in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), doctors performed lifesaving surgery. A month later, he went home. Read the story.

Breathing – and Eating – Easily

Emmett getting tests at an appointmentDuring 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.

Girl Born With Liver Outside Body Thrives as a Champion Gymnast

Kendall posing on the balance beamBefore 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.

Top 10 Questions Kids Ask Before Surgery

LIttle girl with question marks in the background behind herDr. Patrick Javid, a pediatric surgeon at Seattle Children’s, answers some of the questions that patients and families ask before surgery. Read more.

Life After Omphalocele: Onora’s Story

Onora and her mom reading a book togetherBorn with organs on the outside, Onora is now a happy, healthy toddler. Read the story.

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

Alden sitting on the floor smiling at the cameraAlden’s family chose Seattle Children’s for his care when an ultrasound during pregnancy showed a hole in his diaphragm. Read Alden’s story.

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

Elizabeth smiles for a photo while hiking through the snowElizabeth 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.

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

Kevin Mick pictured as a babyBorn 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. Read the story

Baby Born With CDH Stars in Diaper Dash

Baby Nolan sitting in his diaper at an appointment at Seattle Children'sDays 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.

Surgeon Customizes Bandages to Comfort and Cheer Kids

Cameron shows off his star bandage and the matching star bandage his stuffed animla puppy got as well thanks to Dr. Kim ReihleNo 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.
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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.