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news item News Thursday, April 4, 2019 Thursday, April 4, 2019 2:27 PM - Thursday, April 4, 2019 2:27 PM

Patient shares memorable moments at Shriners Hospitals for Children

Spending time in the sun or going out with friends is typically what most kids want to do during summer vacation, but for Claudia, summertime often meant medical treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston. She has been a patient at the Houston Shriners Hospital since she was 3, and to avoid missing school her parents tried to schedule her appointments during the summer.

Claudia and her parents made the trips from Tampico, Mexico, to Houston, where they trusted she would receive the best possible care.

“From the time they did the initial evaluation, we were very surprised with the care and all the help that they have provided for us. It has been fabulous. We are very happy,” said Jesus, Claudia’s father.

Claudia was born with a left forearm length discrepancy, which requires regular evaluations as she grows. She has undergone four surgeries and most recently received bone-lengthening treatment. The length of her hospital stays varied from a few days to a few months, depending on the treatment or procedure required.

In addition to orthopaedic services, Claudia also had regular check-ups for linear epidermal nevus, a skin condition that often goes untreated and requires regular monitoring for signs of progression.

Growing up, Claudia never set limits for herself. Throughout her school years she has done ballet and cheerleading, and has played different sports. Claudia is now 18 and said she likes to play the guitar and sing, but her main goal is to pursue a career in biotechnologies and genetics.

Looking back, Claudia and her family said the memories amassed at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston are many. From birthday cake surprises with the outpatient nurses to unique doctor-patient relationships, Claudia said she always felt at home.

“I’ve had amazing experiences at Shriners, and the one thing that I will never forget is my doctor, Dr. Gogola,” Claudia said.

Claudia and her family built meaningful life-long relationships with doctors, nurses and other staff members, something they said they will never forget.

Cladia with her family and Dr. Gogola