Patient Success Stories

Where Hope Begins

Camila, Pediatric Trauma Patient

At just 2 years old, Camila Astorga suffered serious injuries to her brain after she was accidentally run over by a tractor-trailer while she was playing outside. Her skull was nearly crushed, and because of the world-class neurosurgeons and trauma surgeons at UMC Children's Hospital, Camila had a miraculous medical outcome. Over the past couple of years, she has surpassed expectations learning how to walk by herself and she’s now learning how to talk. Today, she’s a very curious and energetic 4-year-old who loves princesses, glitter and everything pink!

UMC trauma patient smiling

Tyler, Pediatric Trauma Patient

When he was 11, Tyler was struck by an SUV and suffered a broken neck, 22 broken ribs, and injuries to his liver, lungs, kidneys and spleen. With Nevada’s only Designated Pediatric Trauma Center, UMC Children’s Hospital was there with life-saving technology and expertise. Today, Tyler is back on his family’s ranch, riding horses and enjoying life. 

UMC trauma patient and dad smiling

Christopher & Issac, Neonatal Intensive Care Patients

Weighing less than one pound at birth, Christopher was the smallest baby ever to graduate from the hospital’s NICU and go home with his loving family. Known to his family as “Christopher the Courageous,” he spent nearly a year receiving highly specialized, round-the-clock care from the clinical professionals at UMC Children’s Hospital. When Christopher was finally ready to go home, NICU Medical Director Dr. Francis Banfro celebrated the monumental occasion alongside the baby and his family. After building a strong bond with the family, Dr. Banfro walked them downstairs and wished them a fond farewell outside of UMC Children’s Hospital. 

Just months after Christopher went home, Isaac was born at 1 pound 10 ounces and spent three months in the NICU. Thanks to the world-class care they received from Dr. Banfro and his colleagues at UMC Children’s Hospital, Christopher and Isaac continue to grow and thrive. 

UMC NICU patients playing

Wyatt, Robotic Surgery Patient

Wyatt struggled with his weight his entire life, and at age 16, he wanted to make a change. With advanced surgical technologies, UMC was there to help. Using the revolutionary da Vinci Xi robotic surgery system, Wyatt underwent a successful gastric sleeve procedure for significant weight loss. Now he’s healthier — and happier, too.

UMC robotic surgery patient smiling

Pamela, Cardiology Patient

After battling atrial fibrillation and a greater risk of stroke and heart failure, Pamela found advanced treatment at UMC: the world’s smallest pacemaker. She was the first to receive this surgery in Nevada — and it took just 20 minutes. Though this lifesaving device is the size of a vitamin, for Pamela, it’s made an enormous difference.

UMC cardiology patient smiling

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