When Charlotte was a toddler, a respiratory illness led to a diagnosis of a rare and dangerous immune deficiency called ICF syndrome. A bone marrow transplant at age 5 at Children's National Hospital helped save her life. Recovery and follow-up treatment were a large undertaking.

Her team needed her to return to the hospital twice weekly for follow-up care.

Charlotte, a young female patient, is examined by her doctor, Christina Wiedl, DO, while Charlotte's mother, Jamie, sits nearby
Christina Wiedl, DO, Charlotte, and her mother, Jamie, during a recent appointment at the CNH Fredericksburg location.

"Driving to D.C. would mean half my day or more was gone," says Charlotte's mom, Jamie. "It was a strain on everyone, including Charlotte's four older sisters."

Soon, Charlotte could switch to bone marrow transplant care in Fredericksburg with Christina Wiedl, DO. She could even receive urology and endocrinology care just 15 minutes from home.

"I never came across the kind of care that Children's National offers," Jamie says. "It shows in everything they do. I'm so happy to have this team in our backyard."

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A young patient at Children's National Hospital.

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