Meet Our Patients

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Caitlyn
Right-Sided Hemiplegia

Caitlyn knows what it means to run your own race. As a baby, Caitlyn was diagnosed with right-sided hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that makes it difficult for her to move and control the right side of her body. Doctors made the diagnosis after a CAT scan revealed that Caitlyn had a stroke in utero.

Michael Valencia, Shriners patient

Michael
Hemihyperplasia

Michael swung his way into a top spot on his varsity high school golf team last year, the only freshman who earned the ability to travel to away tournaments. That year he also tried out for the Elk Grove High School freshman football team and landed as one of the kickers. This year he wants to play linebacker, fullback and kicker on the junior varsity team.

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Athena
Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy

Athena was diagnosed with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, when she was 9 months old. Doctors told her parents, Molly and George, that because of the spasticity their daughter may not walk.

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Abigail (Abby)
Severe Burn Injuries

Abby was 8 years old when she tripped and landed knee-deep in hot ashes while playing with her brother on the family farm in Turlock. The heat burned Abby’s sandals off her feet, causing third-degree burns on her feet and ankles. She also suffered second-degree burns on her hands.

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Emma
Traumatic Injury

Emma was riding with her grandpa through sand dunes near Pismo Beach when their vehicle was run over by a Hummer. Emma’s father, Matt, witnessed the collision and was the first responder on the scene.

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Leslie
Ano-Rectal Disorder

Leslie was born with a rare ano-rectal disorder that wasn’t visible to others but made her feel different. She needed a colostomy operation at birth.

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Louie
Orthopaedic Conditions

Louie was born with orthopaedic conditions that challenged his ability to stand straight and tall and grip small objects. When he was 2 ½ years old, his doctor referred him to the orthopaedic team a Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

Patient Referral

916-453-2191
916-453-2111 (Emergency Referral)
916-453-2395 (fax)
referrals.ncal@shrinenet.org

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