Meet Our Patients

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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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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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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.

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Dulce
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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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.

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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Nhi
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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Sarah
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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Tal
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.

Patient Referral

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

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