Patient Stories

The young patients we care for each year at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC come to us from the far corners of the world in search of hope and healing.

Origin of International Patients Since 1982

International Patients Served

Our goal for all patients and families is to make them feel at home until they can return home. Read some of their stories.

Saleh suffered from propionic acidemia, a metabolic disorder. He traveled from Qatar to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh to receive a living-donor liver transplant procedure.
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Jasem suffered from congenital glaucoma. He traveled from his native Kuwait to receive world-class treatment at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Learn more about his story.
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Mubarak suffered Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Read about the success of her procedure and experience at Children's Hospital Pittsburgh of UPMC.
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Abdulhadi suffered from Wilson's Disease. He travelled from his native Kuwait to receive care at Children’s Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pa. Learn more about his procedure and recovery.
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Denilson, who lives in a Guatemala orphanage, underwent cataract and cornea surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Learn more about his success.
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Hugo suffered from Ventricular Hypoplasia. His medical journey began when his mother traveled from their native Mexico for treatment while he was in utero. Learn more about his experience at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
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Levi suffered from Krabbe Disease. His family traveled from his home in Australia to receive care at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Learn more about his care.
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Matisse underwent an Intestine Transplant at just 10 years old. Read more about the success of her procedure as well as her experience at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
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Puerto Rico native Naldyshka suffered from Crigler-Najjar syndrome and received a liver transplant from her father. Learn more about her experience at UPMC.
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Valeria suffered from renal tubular acidosis. Her family traveled from their native Mexico to receive world-class treatment at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
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Sumika was diagnosed with Congenital Cardiomyopathy as an infant. Her family traveled from their native Japan to receive world-class treatment at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
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