Incredible Surgeries

Miracle Surgery

Werkneh's Incredible Journey

U.S. foster parents Dina and Bryan give the gift of medical care to 15-year-old Werkneh from Ethipoia. Watch his incredible journey.

An ordinary American family gives an extraordinary gift to a boy halfway across the world:


Watch as a team of surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center removes 10 pounds of tumors from 15-year-old Werkneh’s hands, giving him a chance at a normal life.



“It’s been an amazing journey of love,” says Dina, Werkneh’s U.S. foster mother. “When is it a good time to save a life? It’s always a good time to save a life.”


Dr. David Kulber, Clinical Chief of Plastic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California describes Werkneh’s surgery and recovery process.


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Cochlear Implants

A mom asks pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears about her 11-month-old daughter who suffered hearing loss in utero. The infant has cochlear implants, and her mother wonders if they will delay her daughter’s speech. Dr. Jim says it’s possible the infant will have fairly good hearing and language development and suggests the mom be patient. He adds that this is an ideal time to begin sign language and other non-verbal communication.




Silicone vs. Saline Breast Implants

Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon states that both silicone and saline breast implants are safe options, but in most cases, he recommends using a silicone implant that is placed below the chest muscle. 



Immune System Defect

Cleft Lip Surgery

Doctors at Duke Medical University perform a cleft lip surgery on 1-year-old Silas. Watch it here!

One-year-old Silas was born with a rare congenital disease called DiGeorge syndrome that left him with a cleft palate and the inability to fend off infections.


If left untreated, Silas would likely die before his second birthday. See his heartbreaking story.



Pediatrician immunologist Dr. Danica Schulte from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles explains DiGeorge syndrome and the surgery performed by doctors at Duke University Medical Center in an effort to save Silas’ life.



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