Evan was born prematurely with many complications, including kidney failure. He’s undergone over 30 surgical procedures and has spent more than half of his life at UCLA Mattel Children’s hospital. In March of 2012, through the use of a pioneering transplant procedure, Evan successfully received a new kidney, offering hope to countless other high risk recipients.
Evan is a bright, social, happy, and thriving three year old boy; and for that we owe the Chase Child Program a great deal of gratitude.
From the beginning, Chase Child Life has been an instrumental part of Evan’s care. An avid music lover, he has been provided music therapy; had impromptu musical performances bedside; and even thrown a musical themed 1st birthday party at the hospital. He’s received gifts from Santa on Christmas Day and been able to trick-or-treat through the hospital on Halloween. He’s visited every single day by a Child Life Volunteer just to make sure his every need or want is met. At UCLA they understand that quality of life is important. Evan is treated like a “normal” child and given an opportunity at a full life, even if it is spent behind the walls of a hospital.
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