Success Stories

Francesco Adamo

Francesco Adamo - Surviving a terrible accident and the road to recovery
Following a severe boating accident, Francesco “Chicco” Adamo was rushed to Stanford’s emergency department. The trauma team performed emergency surgery to treat deep injuries involving his lungs, spine and the base of his brain. This was followed by weeks of intensive and complex multidisciplinary care to get him on the path to recovery to regain his mobility and strength.

Elijah Olivas

Elijah Olivas - Stanford Trauma Center saves 10-year-old’s hand — and his life
Ten-year-old Elijah Olivas was helicoptered from Central California to Stanford’s emergency department after having been thrown from a moving car. He had serious head injuries, and his right hand had been severed at the wrist. A team of surgeons went to work to save Elijah’s life and help him recover movement in use his hand.

Caltong Liu

Caltong Liu - Three part story
When four-year-old Caltong Liu arrived by ambulance at Stanford Hospital's emergency department, his medical condition was dire. The well-coordinated efforts of dozens of specialists allowed Caltong to return to the outdoor play he loves.

Jax Cannon

Jax Cannon - A Smile For Jax
A household accident severed his facial nerve and paralyzed part of his face. Thanks to plastic and reconstructive surgeons at Packard Children's, Jax is now recovering nicely—and his smile is back.

Alexandre Acra

Alexandre Acra - At the Worst Time, the Best Team
After Alexandre Acra cut his forearm on a broken window, the Pediatric Emergency Department, Hand and Upper Limb, and Occupational Therapy teams all contributed to a successful surgery and recovery.

Spencer Morse

Spencer Morse - A Race Against Time
While racing his motocross bike, 15-year-old Spencer Morse lost control on a jump. He was airlifted to Packard Children's Hospital where our neurosurgery and trauma teams treated his severe brain injury.