UCI Health physician makes a patient’s wish come true

Team of people help Ducks fan with muscular dystrophy see them in person and win

February 09, 2024
uci health patient jason fox  in a honda center suite watching an anaheim ducks game with his family surrounding him
Jason Fox had never seen the Anaheim Ducks play. His wish recently
came true, thanks to a team of people who came together to make
it happen.

IN THE NEWS: During their video visits, UCI Health pediatrician Dr. Erin G. Newman noticed that her patient Jason Fox was always wearing Anaheim Ducks paraphernalia.

black all caps letters reading cbs news with red cbs eye iconFox, 23, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in first grade. The rare disease results in total muscle loss.

He had never seen the Ducks play in person. To make his wish come true, Newman, Dr. Lucas Puttock, UCI Health social workers, and a team of others at UCI Health and the Honda Center worked together to arrange medical transport and a private suite for Fox to watch the Ducks win over the San Jose Sharks.

Newman spoke to CBS News about the special event:

"We have all the medicine, all the treatments, but those are just names and conditions in somebody's chart and what matters is everything else.”

Newman is a board-certified UCI Health pediatrician and internist who specializes in preventive care for children, teens and adults. Her clinical interests also include women's health, care for LGBTQ+ patients and the health of adolescents transitioning to adult care. Newman is also an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Primary Care in the Department of Medicine at the UCI School of Medicine.

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