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Patient Stories

Our pediatric general surgeons treat hundreds of children every year. Read more about surgical techniques they have used to save children's lives.

Elizabeth Woodock

On the Mend from Biliary Atresia
Soon after Elizabeth Woodcock was born, a test showed abnormally high bilirubin levels in her blood. Concerned by the high levels of bilirubin and Elizabeth's low weight, Ruba Azzam, MD, performed a biopsy of Elizabeth's liver. When results suggested biliary atresia, a chronic and progressive liver disease, Azzam referred Elizabeth to Andrea Lo, MD, for surgery. Thanks to swift action and a comprehensive care plan, Elizabeth is now doing well and may never need a liver transplant.

Michele Levandoski with her son, Theo McVay

Theo's Zest for Life
Theo McVay was born prematurely and with a severe form of gastroschisis, a birth defect in which the intestines extend outside of the body through an opening in the abdomen. He was transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, where a multidisciplinary team of experts worked together to plan his treatment. After months in the NICU, doctors and nurses trained Theo's parents on his care so they could bring their young son home and help him enjoy life.


Intestinal Malrotation is Often Misdiagnosed
Two-month-old Jaylen seemed to vomit after every feeding. An ultrasound test showed that the boy had intestinal malrotation, a condition where the bowels do not form and twist properly, which can cut off blood flow to the intestine and can lead to intestinal blockages. A minimally invasive procedure corrected the problem, and Jaylen was able to go home quickly.

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