Patient Stories

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As a parent, it’s a living nightmare. Having a very sick child, one whose life depends on getting the right treatment right away, creates fear and uncertainty far beyond the scope of life’s many challenges.

It’s for that child, that family, that moment, that we exist. To drive away the fear with hope. To dissolve uncertainty with trust. To restore a parent’s dreams of a healthy, happy child. Of a lifetime of love.

Won’t you help Catch The Love? Every dollar you donate empowers us to heal more children and save more lives. And what does that look like? Take a few moments to watch these stories of real patients, real families, whose lives have been transformed because people like you helped us Catch The Love.


Born with a serious heart defect, baby Ariana had one chance to live. Specialists at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Heart Institute were there when she needed them.


They Gave Us Hope – Ariana’s Congenital Heart Defect Care

Ariana would be born with multiple cardiac defects caused by hypoplastic left heart syndrome – essentially, half the pumping action of her heart. See how her parents trusted our specialists at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Heart Institute to care for Ariana and their family.

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She woke up one day not feeling right. It was cancer on her kidney. Scary for her. Scary for her parents. But expertise and compassion won the day.

Elia and Her Parents are Grateful for Cancer Treatment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Elia and her parents explain the importance of the care they received during Elia’s cancer treatment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Elia was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor in her kidney and is now cancer-free.

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When your son has open heart surgery as a young boy, it’s hard to imagine what the future will bring. For Johnny and his parents, it brought a chance to run free.

Heart Surgery Survivor Johnny’s Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Story

In 2012, Johnny had heart surgery at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Each year, he runs the Tour de Broward 5K, reuniting with his surgeon, chief of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Heart Institute, Frank Scholl, MD. Johnny and his parents explain what Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital means to them and Dr. Scholl explains how helping patients like Johnny inspires our team. To learn more about Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Heart Institute, visit:

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“Like breathing through a coffee stirrer.” That’s how then-infant Noah entered the world. Now, he’s holding his breath underwater thanks to one special procedure.

Breathing Easier & Growing - Noah’s Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Story

Noah was born with respiratory distress syndrome and developed subglottic stenosis. Dr. Samuel Ostrower performed surgery at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to open his airway. Noah’s parents explain the difference Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital made for their family, and how the care they’ve received has helped Noah become a very active boy.

To learn more about how we care for children with pediatric ear, nose and throat conditions in our Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, visit

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At 17, Freddie’s kidney failure threatened to end his dreams along with his life. But as the 100th kidney transplant recipient at Memorial Transplant Institute, he’s back to dreaming big.

Celebrating Freddy, Our 100th Kidney Transplant Patient

As Memorial Transplant Institute celebrates its 100th kidney transplant, Freddy, who had kidney failure and received the 100th transplant, is joined by his mom to explain what his care teams at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Memorial Transplant Institute mean to them.

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When you Catch The Love, every dollar you give:
  • Expands facilities for specialized cardiac, intensive care and medical surgical capabilities
  • Strengthens leading-edge pediatric care and treatments, including cancer, orthopedic, neurology and neonatal
  • Comforts and supports more families facing their most challenging times
  • Extends our services into more communities that need our help
  • Empowers us to help save and heal more young lives
  • Helps us change thousands of kids’ lives each year

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Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation

3329 Johnson Street
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: 954-265-3454
Fax: 954-966-6750

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