Giving Stories

Baby George thrives after stroke at birth

In 2013, we opened The Mother Baby Center so both moms and babies would have immediate access to highly trained experts and the latest technology. We’re growing our partnership by building The Mother Baby Center at Mercy, part of Allina Health, in Coon Rapids. Due date: Summer 2015.

The Young family’s experience underscores why this work is so important. Almost one year ago, April Young gave birth to George at The Mother Baby Center. He arrived healthy and on time. Hours later, what was a fairytale birth quickly faded into a nightmare for April and her husband, Benjamin.

About 12 hours after birth, George started to show ticks on the left side of his body. When April’s friend, a labor and delivery nurse, visited the new family, she took George to get further checked. What appeared to be hiccups were actually seizures. A series of tests revealed he had suffered a stroke at birth or within hours of birth. Strokes occur at birth in about 1 in 4,000 babies, and often the cause is unknown.

It appears the Youngs got a happy ending. While he continues to be monitored, blue-eyed George is thriving. He’s alert and joy-filled. His motor skills are advanced.

“His care team saved his life. Our outcome could not have been better,” said April, who, along with her husband, donated to Children’s this winter to show their gratitude.

The Mother Baby Center was made possible thanks to our generous community. And, it will continue to make a difference for more families like the Youngs because of your support.