Patient Stories

Major League Pectus

Now with the Kansas City Royals, Tim Melville remembers the Nuss Surgery at CHKD that allowed his national athletic ability to flourish. Read his story.

It's All in the Family

All three children in the Hickey’s family had the Nuss Procedure. Elizabeth, shown here with her brother, had it in 2004, right after she graduated from high school. As a freshman, she made the varsity basketball team at Mary Washington University, an NCAA Division III school, where she went on to be a three-time All American. Read her story.


Diving Dynamo

Emily Padgett, who had the Nuss Procedure when she was 13, is a Junior Olympic diver competing at the national level. Her favorite board is the three-meter, and her favorite dive is a back one-and-a-half somersault with one-and-a-half twists. A junior in high school, Emily recently won her region’s all-conference diving title for the second year in a row. Read her story.


Breathing Easy

In 1993, Timothy Jacobs underwent the Nuss Procedure for sunken chest developed at CHKD by its namesake a few years before it became an international phenomenon. Read his story. 


Patient Testimonials

Brett's mother writes

"Brett was a star volleyball player his 12th grade year of high school. He won all kinds of honors (MVP of the league, All-CIF 1st Team). He was featured in Volleyball Magazine for his skill and 39 inch vertical jump. He was on a club team that took 2nd place in the nation at the US Junior Olympics Championships.

From high school he was recruited by University of California at Irvine to be on their team and they almost won the national championship – finishing 3rd in the nation his freshman year.

THANK YOU to you guys for helping make all that possible. Had we done the Ravich procedure, I doubt he could have accomplished any of this."


HB writes

"I had looked into corrective surgery for my pectus several times since it became quite prominent around 11. I avoided surgery due to the invasive nature of some procedures and a lack of awareness about the Nuss procedure. After my first appointment with Dr. Nuss, I knew that I would be happy with the results.

Since having the procedure done when I was 19, I have never once regreted this decision. I am thrilled with the results! It looks completely natural. I often think about how blessed I am to have met Dr. Nuss and his extraordinary team.

If you are looking to have your pectus corrected, look no further. CHKD is the way to go!"


GC’s Mother writes

“2 years since surgery GC has been running triathlalons, he has placed 2nd in his age group twice now. He proudly displays his new six pack, and newly developed pecs. He is so proud of his new chest.”



9 months after surgery JH writes “I am very well…Life is great and my chest is feeling good….I am back to my usual activities, here I am surfing the Indonesia surf. No shirt, which is a dream come true.”


RH his father writes

4 years post bar removal “JH is a beastly athlete with a work ethic and drive that impresses even me, and that’s hard to do. He has won athletic awards every year since 2002 in football, and lacrosse.” He is seen here on the left. He is a very normal boy with a very normal chest.