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Baby of the Month

Cottage Children's Medical Center - Baby of the Month - HuxleyHuxley, Santa Barbara

When Huxley was only three weeks old he was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis after several episodes of projectile vomiting. He spent the night at Cottage Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) and was taken into surgery the next day. Huxley made a quick recovery and has grown to be a strong, healthy, happy boy. Children and families benefit from receiving nationally recognized patient care.

That’s exactly what you’ll get when you choose the extensive children’s health care services at CCMC, which includes acute care pediatrics, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (NICU and PICU), a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, and outpatient Grotenhuis Pediatric Clinics throughout the tri-counties.

"We felt very lucky to have the staff at Cottage Children’s involved in Huxley’s care. Their expertise made us feel confident that our baby was in good hands.” - Abbie and Derek Olson

As Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital turns 125 years old, we reflect back on the many generations of families who have been touched by Cottage. We want to hear from you! Do you have generations of family who were born here? What memorable moments has SBCH been a part of in your life? Big life-saving ones, little humorous ones—we’re collecting them all as part of the 125th year celebration: Moments Live On.

Send your story to For more information, visit www.cottagehealth/125.

Patient Stories

Click on the images below to watch videos of other Cottage Children's Medical Center patients.

Colton Vogel

Colton Vogel - Cottage Children's Medical Center

Pamela Vogel had a difficult pregnancy and went into labor four months before her due date. She gave birth to twins but her baby daughter did not survive. Pamela’s son Colton Vogel did survive but he weighed 1 lb 11 oz. at birth and could not breathe on his own due to his underdeveloped lungs.

Colton was cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cottage Children’s Medical Center, where he was put on a ventilator to help him breathe and to continue his growth under the careful watch of neonatologists and specialized neonatal nurses and staff. After more than 100 days, he was finally strong enough to go home to Santa Barbara with his mom and dad. Today, Colton is a healthy toddler who loves to smile and play.

Elijah Knight

Elijah Knight - Cottage Health Trauma Center

Teenager Elijah Knight was on his way to school in the family car one morning with his father, LaMont, and sister, Lailah. They were suddenly hit by a Suburban that totaled their car and shattered the back window. All of the glass fell onto Elijah as he leaned over to cover and protect his baby sister from the impact. He was pinned against her child car seat, causing life threatening internal injuries.

Elijah was airlifted from Santa Maria to the Trauma Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for emergency surgery. He had a ruptured diaphragm and lacerated liver. He also fractured his elbow, collarbone and four ribs. After his surgery, he was cared for in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cottage Children’s Medical Center. Elijah has recovered and is back to enjoying his favorite athletic activities, like running.

Dominick Guzman

Dominick Guzman - Cottage Children's Medical Center

When a go kart accident left 10-year-old Dominick Guzman with serious injuries, he was flown to Cottage Children's Medical Center in Santa Barbara. The care he received there allowed him to return home less than a week after the crash where he's expected to make a full recovery!

CCMC Saves Adrian's Life, Twice

Cottage Children's Medical Center - Adrian Perez

Adrian Perez was born prematurely and weighed just more than one-pound, but thanks to the dedication and expertise of the team at Cottage Children's Medical Center, he has grown into a happy, healthy young man.

Watch Adrian's Story

Mothers' Milk Bank

Mother's Milk Bank logoMothers' Milk Bank is a non-profit human milk bank dedicated to providing donated breast milk to infants that need it most. For information on how to donate breast milk, please visit