Patients' Stories

Paddy O'Brien

Paddy O'Brien

Paddy O’Brien – Pediatrics Cancer

Boy Tackles Bone Cancer with a Positive Attitude

Alma O'Brien knew something was wrong with her 9-year-old son, Paddy, when he complained about discomfort in his lower leg. At first, they chalked it up to growing pains or from a bruise he got while playing soccer. The Mill Valley, Calif. fifth grader had been playing in a select soccer league all summer and aches and pains were a part of the game.

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Jessica Galloway

Jessica Galloway

Jessica Galloway, Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Turns San Francisco Mom into Advocate

Jessica Galloway hates to be called a 'cancer survivor.' It's been four years since she began her battle with breast cancer, and she feels healthy and strong, but the thought that her cancer might return is never far from her mind, and she resists the label of conquering hero. "I don't know that I will survive breast cancer," she says.

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Beverly Garza, Fetal Treatment

Surgery Saves Baby, Offers New Hope for Rare Birth Defect

Beverly Garza

Beverly Garza

When Beverly Ray Garza went in for her 19-week prenatal ultrasound, she thought she'd leave knowing whether she had a baby girl or boy on the way. While the ultrasound answered that question — the child, her fifth with her husband Gabriel, was a girl — it raised some new, and frightening, questions. The image showed that the fetus' stomach was in the area where her lungs should be. Her doctor had never seen anything like it. That same day, he sent Beverly to a high-risk pregnancy specialist in Fresno, 35 miles away from their small town in California's central valley.

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Kana Kornsawad and Daniel Ranch

Kana Kornsawad and Daniel Ranch

Kana Kornsawad and Daniel Ranch

In Sickness and in Health: UCSF Doctor Donates Kidney to Ailing Wife

As a doctor completing his training in the specialty of pediatric kidney disease, Dr. Daniel Ranch has witnessed time and again the transformative power of a donated kidney.  On April 28, 2009, he traded his lab coat for a hospital gown and gave one of his own kidneys to the person who already has his heart: his wife of five years, Dr. Kana Kornsawad.

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