Success Stories

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 - 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 - Three part story

When four-year-old Caltong Liu arrived by ambulance at Stanford Medicine 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 - A Smile For Jax

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

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 - 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.