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Mya and Bridget's Story

At 4 feet 5 inches, weighing in at 72 pounds, she may look tiny, but Mya Santini is a giant when it comes to courage and heart. At only 4 years of age, she underwent a seven-hour surgical procedure to transplant her new liver. But Mya wasn?t alone in her journey. Her mother, Bridget, donated a portion of her own liver to save her daughter?s life.
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Arjun's Story

After meeting Thomas Yeh Jr., MD, PhD, FACS, Director of the CHF Heart Center and Chief of Cardiac Surgery, CHoR, Arjun's parents said they knew their son would receive the best care for his congenital heart condition in Richmond.
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Kaylee's Story

When she was 5-month-old, Kaylee Wade weighed just nine pounds and was in such serious heart failure that she stopped growing because her body didn?t have enough energy to do something as simple as eating. Kaylee was born with a large ventricular septal defect, a hole in the wall separating the two lower chambers of the heart, and specialists in the Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU told her family that she would need open heart surgery to repair the defect.
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Cameron's Story

When an incident involving a candle left 10-year-old Cameron Sullican with burns over half of his body, a comprehensive team of doctors, surgeons nurses, child life specialists - and therapy dogs - made sure the burns never kept him from being a kid.
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Abigail's Story

6-year-old Abigail has always loved arts and crafts. From jewelry making to painting, her creativity is unleashed anytime she has art supplies. Unfortunately, her creativity and excitement has also come with a few accidents along the way. The first, a sliced cornea due to a run in with construction paper while doing crafts with her family, happened when she was just 4 years old.
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Dusty's Story

Like most 16-year-olds, Dusty Moore likes music and sports. But in October, he traded his favorite tunes for soothing classical music. Why? A particularly rough night on the football field resulted in a traumatic brain injury (TBI, also referred to as a concussion), and Dusty was on what his doctors called "brain rest."
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Trace's Story

Watching Trace dance around at his Wiggles themed first birthday party, you would never know the health scare he gave his parents just days into his little life.
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Addy's Story

Amy and Brian Kelley brought home their beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed newborn, Addy. She had only been home a week when her pediatrician called to say that some of Addy's tests had come back abnormal. She was soon diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic, chronic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system...
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A'Zhari and A'Zhiah's Story

Nachell Jones found out when she was 12 weeks pregnant that she was carrying twins. "I laughed when I found out," she said. "I didn't think it was real."
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Harold's Story

"Lightning McQueen can go fast,? said 4-year-old Harold IV in reference to a character from his favorite movie, Cars. As he ran around his living room one evening in the spring of 2012, it was hard to believe that four months earlier he was in Children?s Hospital of Richmond at VCU?s (CHoR) Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, recovering from a liver transplant...
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Jasmine's Story

As Jasmine tries to pick out the perfect outfit, she talks about her love of fashion and recounts the time she dressed her older brother up to look like Usher. She has been interested in fashion ever since she can remember, and like many fashionable 11-year-old girls, her favorite color is pink. With her bright, ear-to-ear smile and her infectious laugh, you?d never know that inside, Jasmine?s body is battling sickle cell anemia...
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Santiago's Story

Paula Belmonte had a fairly easy pregnancy until she went into preterm labor 12 weeks before her due date. Four days later, her son Santiago was born weighing 1 lb. 5 oz. and measuring 12.25 in. Paula says the next 161 days were some of the hardest she ever experienced...
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Kallih's Story

At only one-year old, baby Kallih was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Kim Mapp was afraid of what this would mean for her only daughter, and how it would affect her daily life. "We try to balance it from day to day," said Kallih's step-dad, Will. "Kallih having diabetes can be hard to deal with, but we are very proud because she handles herself very well. Kallih loves everything...
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