The Mighty Blog features stories from around Children’s Minnesota, as well as health and wellness information for raising healthy kids.

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Nikki’s lifelong fight with cystic fibrosis: a story of resiliency

Nikki was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at the age of 5 and has been fighting through it since. Nikki is now 48 and credits this to Children's Minnesota. "Children's Minnesota helped set the foundation for me to live longer than expected."

Audiologist talks about her role at Children’s Minnesota

In celebration of National Speech-Language-Hearing Month, we sat down with Jesi Novak, Au.D., CCC-A, PASC, lead audiologist, to learn more about her role at Children’s Minnesota.

One nurse’s full-circle career at Children’s Minnesota

As kid experts at Children's Minnesota, our care can have a lasting impact on patients and families. Routine clinic visits build long-term relationships that evolve as kids grow into young adults. And, hospital stays can be formative experiences in our young patients’ lives.

Kellen fights back after rare spinal cord condition triggers his body to attack itself

The Kid Experts at Children’s Minnesota discovered Kellen had a rare spinal cord condition called acute flaccid myelitis. Through Kellen's hard work, he's on the road to recovery.

‘Vincent is a miracle’: Toddler thrives after treatment using cutting-edge ‘heart and lung machine’

As a baby, Vincent required life support to survive using a special machine called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

Santiago’s fetal spina bifida repair procedure, the 100th performed at the Midwest Fetal Care Center

Baby Santiago’s delicate in-utero spina bifida repair procedure was the 100th performed at the Midwest Fetal Care Center, a collaboration between Allina Health and Children’s Minnesota.

Tips for handling sports injuries and kids

Sports and physical activity help children and teens build strength, learn new skills and learn about the value of teamwork. However, even with all the precautions coaches and parents take, more than 3.5 million kids are injured each year playing sports.

Young adult cancer survivor reunites with his physician: Dario’s story

Meet Dario Chavez. Shortly after graduating high school, Dario found out he had a grapefruit-sized tumor in his abdomen. Tests revealed the 19-year-old had rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer. Children's Minnesota became his home away from home during his treatment. Because of the chemotherapy and treatment to cure his cancer, it was expected that Dario would not be able to have kids in the future. But today, Dario is not only married to his high school sweetheart, but the proud father of two boys.  Learn more about his story and watch as Dario reunites with his physician, Dr. Susan Sencer, vice president and chief of specialty pediatric, nearly 20 years after his diagnosis. 

The kid experts put Natasha and her family at ease during heart surgery

Watching your child go into surgery can stir up many emotions. Candi knows those feelings. She watched her daughter, Natasha, get wheeled into heart surgery when she was only 4 months old. However, the experience was made a little easier by the compassionate care provided at Children’s Minnesota.

Celebrating National Interpreter Appreciation Day

To celebrate National Interpreter Appreciation Day, Mary Barrera Cobos, a Spanish interpreter at Children’s Minnesota, shares her journey and what it means to be a medical interpreter.