When 2-year-old Stella’s parents noticed their rambunctious child was becoming lethargic, they knew something was wrong. A pediatrician tested her blood sugar and determined she was suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis, so Stella was transferred to Cottage Children’s Medical Center.
There, she received the care she needed, and the whole family learned how to help Stella manage her Type I Diabetes. But like many of Cottage Children’s Medical Center’s patients, Stella’s family traveled from outside Santa Barbara to receive care. The Family Assistance Fund helped them make ends meet while they were here supporting their daughter.
CCMC cares for over 14,000 children a year in our Acute Pediatrics Unit, Neonatal and Pediatric ICU’s, the emergency department, pediatric trauma center, and eight specialized outpatient clinics.
"Stella is back to her normal, rambunctious self thanks to Cottage and the Family Assistance Fund.” – Jennifer
Click on the images below to watch videos of other Cottage Children's Medical Center patients.
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.
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.
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!