Children's NICU, Dr. Hoekstra's micro preemie study, in local and national spotlight

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The NICU at Children's – Minneapolis has been receiving local and national attention recently regarding neonatologist Ronald Hoekstra's "micro preemie" study and some of the incredible success stories that have come out of that research.

Six of Dr. Hoekstra's former patients came to Children's - Minneapolis recently to reunite with Dr. Hoekstra and tour the NICU and see some of the babies being cared for today. Producers from KARE-11 and Inside Edition were on hand to interview the former patients about their experiences and how they have been able to overcome their challenging beginnings to thrive later in life. See the KARE-11 footage (expired).

The Inside Edition broadcast aired nationally on May 15 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Central.

These stories come on the heels of a major story in People magazine that hit newsstands Friday, May 8 (dated May 18, 2009), highlighting Dr. Hoekstra and former patients who are now grown, accomplished adults. The article describes the research of Dr. Hoekstra who has followed 156 micro preemies, since their birth, documenting their progress into young adulthood. Dr. Hoekstra's unique data looks at how these former micro preemies, born between 1986 and 1990, some as early as 23 weeks gestation, are functioning physically, educationally and socially in the real world as adults.