Philadelphia Eagles CHOP MVP
The Philadelphia Eagles are proud to partner with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to recognize some special MVPs. These children have faced complex conditions, persevering through surgeries, symptoms, and challenges, all with the help from compassionate healthcare professionals at CHOP. We continue to cheer them on throughout the season by sharing their inspiring stories of strength and resiliency.
Emily | Eagles vs. Giants
At 20 weeks, an ultrasound showed that Emily had sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT), a tumor located at the base of her tailbone. She was given a 50/50 chance of survival, so her parents turned to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, for help. Emily's Mom, El, had weekly check-ups to try to get her as close to full-term as possible. At 34 weeks, the tumor hemorrhaged, causing Emily to lose a lot of blood and immediate delivery was required. She was born via emergency c-section and required three blood transfusions. The next day, the tumor, which weighed more than two pounds – a third of her birth weight - was removed via surgery
Jayant | Eagles vs. Ravens
During a routine 18-week ultrasound, Jayant was diagnosed with the most severe form of spina bifida. The family temporarily relocated from Florida to Philadelphia to undergo fetal surgery to treat the condition while he was still in his mother's womb. After his birth, he only had to spend six days in the NICU and the family was able to return home to Florida for Christmas. Every year, they travel back to CHOP for annual appointments with the neurosurgeon. Click below to learn more about Jayant and his family and how they became lifelong Eagles fans.
Caylin | Eagles vs. Bengals
Shortly after birth, Caylin was diagnosed with sickle cell disease, causing her to have multiple visits to CHOP's Emergency department for sudden fevers and infections. Since the age of 5, she's undergone regular blood transfusions. Her experiences with CHOP have inspired her to pursue a career in the medical field. Click below to learn more about Caylin's story.
Guy | Eagles vs. Rams
After complaining of a sore arm, Guy was sent to CHOP by his pediatrician, where he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his right humerus. This required multiple bouts of chemo and surgery. After being in remission, routine scans showed it had returned to his lung. CHOP was quick to remove it and since then, Guy has routine scans every 3 months to monitor it. Through it all, he continues to stay strong. Click below to learn more about Guy's story.