Patient Stories

This is who we dedicate our lives to, giving them the health they need to live the way they want.

Two small children sit on the ground at Walt Disney World. The boy on the left has his arm around the girl on the right. People can be seen walking and pushing strollers in the background.

Mom credits Penn State Health Level IV NICU with lifesaving care

Learn how one mother’s high-risk pregnancy led her to Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

Read Ayden's story
In a commercial garage, a man stands in front of a car with his hand on the open window. In the background on the left, a car sits atop a riser. Behind it is an office with a desk and chair. On the right, several vehicles surround a gated enclosure filled with tires.

Leading-edge treatment delivers long-term patient survival

Learn how Gary Young’s research into robotic-assisted surgery led him to Penn State Health and Dr. Jay Raman.

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Prostate cancer survivor: Treatment team exceeded expectations

Learn how Larry Delaney’s search for the right surgeon led him to Penn State Health and Dr. Jay Raman.

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A young woman laughs while arranging items on the top of her dresser. She is wearing glasses and a name badge lanyard around her neck. A man stands behind her, watching and smiling.

Surviving cancer: Pursuing a new purpose

Because Angeles was so young when she got cancer, it sometimes felt like a dream. Only later when she accepted that it happened did she start to process her feelings.

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A young man stands at the front of a line, holding a microphone in one hand and a golf club in the other. Several people, who also are holding golf clubs, are lined up along the fence behind him.

Surviving cancer: Finding hope and passing it on

Max realized early on that surviving cancer would change the course of his life. Then he turned it on its head and stripped it of its power.

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A young registered nurse women taking care of a baby in the NICU

Surviving cancer: Always rise above

How the support of her care team encouraged Corene to focus on her future.

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a 15 year old girl, is embraced in a side hug by a registered nurse. Aaliyah has short hair, is wearing a blue sweatshirt and has a mask on her face. The nurse is wearing colorful scrubs and has a mask and glasses on her face. On the left side of the photo, Aaliyah’s mom looks on with only the back of her head and long auburn hair visible

Open configuration options Surviving cancer: Taking control, one strand of hair at a time

How her journey influenced Aaliyah’s life views, wise beyond her years.

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Mother smiles as son sits on shoulders and laughs while holding mother’s hands in a wooded setting.

This is Kianna’s triumph

Many women worry about caring for their babies once they’re born. Kianna Watkins was most concerned about carrying her babies to full term so they’d have the best start in life.

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Gabriella dancing on stage

This is living life in focus

Gabriella Asadi uses every part of her 8-year-old self to express her creativity – her hands are meant for drawing, her arms are meant for hugging, and her feet are meant for dancing.

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Krista sits in her living room with her children around her

This is Krista’s happily ever after

Krista Carroll always wanted to be a mom. A place deep inside of her longed to be filled with what she had lost so early in life – her mother.

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