Meet Our Patients

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Abigail (Abby)
Severe Burn Injuries

Abby 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.

Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento/ Northern California Equestrian POPS patient and Orthotics patient

Andie Sue and Kaysie Li

Andie Sue and Kaysie Li Roth appear the picture of grace and agility when performing with their horses in equestrian competitions. But that wasn’t always the case.

Antwon patient of the Sports Medicine Team at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento/ Northern California

Sports Injury

When Antwon was carried off the football field due to a knee injury in the fall of 2017, he questioned his future as an athlete. Thanks to the Sports Medicine team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, he is on track to return to the playing field.

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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.

Shriners Hospitals for Children, Sacramento, Prostheses, Prosthetics


A patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California since she was one-year-old, Baylee, 7, has been fitted for several prostheses over the years.

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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.

Chloe, Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento/ Northern California patient

Lower-limb deficiency

Chloe was just four months old when she made her first visit to Shriners Hospital. She has been a patient ever since.  Thanks to the care provided by orthopaedic surgeon Joel Lerman, M.D., and his team, Chloe says, “I can do anything.”

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Courtney dreamed of becoming a model when she was a girl. At the age of 10, she developed scoliosis. Her doctor said to wait and watch.

Around the age of 13, Courtney grew six and a half inches in one year. The rapid growth spurt progressed her disease so severely, it gave her a pronounced hump, a swayback and a spine that was so twisted it pushed out her ribs and pressed on her lungs.

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Severe Burn Injuries

Dulce Contreras was 16 years old the first time she came to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. It was December 2001. Third degree burns covered her face and hands. The life-threatening injuries were caused by a kitchen gas leak that triggered an explosion and fire that destroyed her family’s home in Nogales, Mexico.

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When a respiratory infection landed Ella Errecarte, just 3 years old at the time, in the emergency room of Sutter-Davis Hospital, doctors quickly ordered x-rays to screen for possible pneumonia. “When the x-rays came back, they provided a clear view Ella’s spine, and that’s when I noticed a strange curve,” said Vanessa. Doctors concluded that Ella likely had Early Onset Scoliosis, a rare condition that if left untreated can endanger the heart and lungs. They referred Ella to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.

MAGEC, Scoliosis


Nine-year-old Emery was all smiles at her recent appointment with Eric Klineberg, M.D. Diagnosed with scoliosis when she was in first grade, Emery’s pediatrician referred her to our Shriners Hospital for care. “I noticed she couldn’t stand or sit for long periods of time,” said her mother, who shared an x-ray image taken of her daughter’s “S-shaped” spine.

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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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Congenital Hip Dysplasia

As captain of the Sacramento Rollin Kings, Eric Harris shouts encouraging words as he dribbles, passes and spins his way on the basketball court. His confidence is contagious, as both his teammates’ efforts and the scoreboard suggest. Clearly, Harris is comfortable in his chair on the court.

Three years later, Giovanni has normal colorectal function thanks to the Pediatric Surgery team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.


Shortly after Giovanni was born at a Southern California hospital, nurses noticed he had a rare abnormality. They fed him and his stomach swelled up and remained distended.  Further examination revealed that Giovanni had an anorectal malformation that occurs in roughly 1 in 5,000 births. His colon did not develop in the right location, making it impossible for Giovanni to have a normal bowel movement.

Three years later, Giovanni has normal colorectal function thanks to the Pediatric Surgery team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.

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Hannah and Katie

Hannah and Katie were each born with a misshapen leg and missing fingers, but adopted from their native China by a family that knew love and the best medical care could lead to normal, fruitful lives. Thanks to successful surgeries and custom-designed prosthetics, Hannah and Katie have conquered their lower limb problems. Now the sisters are pushing each other to accomplish something with their tiny hands that fully dexterous people seldom pursue — playing the piano.

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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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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.

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Martin arrived at Shiners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, in the summer of 2017 with a wheelchair and a diagnosis — osteogenesis imperfecta. Commonly referred to as brittle bone disease, osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a congenital disorder characterized by defective connective tissue and brittle bones that are prone to fracture. Treatment includes surgery to repair broken bones.

Michael Valencia, Shriners patient


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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Severe Burn Injuries

Nhi was treated for burn care at the Shriners in Boston for two years before moving to Sacramento. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California was the most stable part of her life as a child.

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Hand Difference

Sarah was born with a left palm that was a third of the size of her right one and was missing all five fingers. She became a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California when she was 1, and underwent two reconstructive surgeries.

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Arm Difference

Born with a right arm that did not extend below the elbow, Tal Oppenheimer faced a childhood of frequent medical appointments. But she reflects on all those visits to Shriners Hospital for Children — Northern California fondly and with much appreciation.

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Team Wong
Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Lip

Tamera and Bryan Wong say Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is to thank for their big family, or as they say, “Team Wong.” Braxton, Bayley, Blythe, Beka-Joy and Bella were adopted from a Chinese orphanage.

Make an Appointment

Please call our Referral Center to schedule an appointment, call (916) 453-2191 or via email at A Referral Coordinator will partner with you to gather the necessary information to allow our physician leadership to evaluate the best path for your child.
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