Our Patient Stories
Nearly 60,000 different children and their families walk through the doors at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) each year. Whether they are seeking care for short-term issues—such as broken bones or the flu—or for more extensive health care needs—such as chronic or life-threatening diseases or disabilities—all of the families served by the hospital are looking for a brighter, healthier future. Explore these patient stories of hope, healing, and transformation for a closer look at what CHoR means to the children and families in our community.
Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center
Kai’Ayshia developed a massive pulmonary embolus, a blood clot in the major arteries to the lungs, that was putting major strain on her heart that would have...
Hematology/Oncology and Surgery
Shortly after her first birthday, Rowan suddenly developed a host of symptoms, including crankiness, inability to walk, and head tremors, that led her family...
Three days after Sydney’s birth, Karima was given a life-changing diagnosis for her child—sickle cell disease.
Surgery, Pulmonary Medicine, and Neurology
Since being diagnosed with Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome in 2015, Clara’s had to add frequent breaks in her activities.
Winslet, 3 months old
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
When it became clear that Winslet Sears was going to be born significantly prematurely, her parents, Jacqueline and Andy, did not know what to expect.
Gastroenterology and Surgery
Thanks to a minimally-invasive surgical procedure to remove a cyst on his esophagus in April, 6-year-old Alex Snead spent only one night in the hospital and...