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The Kid Experts® at Children’s Minnesota help Lillian navigate a complex medical journey and fetal spinal surgery

Lillian Puls’ complex medical journey would be considered a long road for a kid of any age – let alone someone who is not even 2 years old.

Baby Diana becomes Minnesota’s youngest patient to receive cochlear implant after battle with meningitis

As an infant, Diana was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, a rare and potentially life-threatening condition that took her ability to hear in one ear. During her care journey, she had a cochlear implant placed to restore her hearing and became the youngest patient in Minnesota – and the second-youngest patient in the country – to ever have this procedure.

Andy Rowe, neonatal transport coordinator, receives Caregiver of the Year award from MHA

As coordinator of neonatal transport services, Andy leads the team responsible for the safe transfer of approximately 500 newborns annually to the pediatric health system’s neonatal intensive care units (NICU).

Thirteen surgeries in 13 months was just the beginning: Carter’s journey with hydrocephalus

Just one day after Carter entered the world, his care team performed what would be the first of 13 surgeries during the first 13 months of his young life. One operation was the first of its kind in the state of Minnesota.

Ezra’s story: Children’s Minnesota’s free breast pump loaner program supports premature baby’s ability to thrive

Baby Ezra's mom, Nancy, reflects on how a new program at Children’s Minnesota helped her provide nutritious breast milk to her growing baby.

Breathing easier: The Kid Experts at Children’s Minnesota identify and fix rare congenital defect of newborn’s esophagus

Baby Murphy had a rare birth defect where his esophagus did not develop normally. Children’s Minnesota is one of only two places in the Twin Cities metro area with the multidisciplinary team and specialized resources to treat his condition surgically.

Beating the odds and navigating the unknowns: baby Aria’s story

Baby Aria's parents learned their unborn child had a rare combination of medical diagnoses which she overcame with the help of a multi-disciplinary care team at Children's Minnesota and the Midwest Fetal Care Center.

The 16 minutes that changed everything: Owen’s inspiring story

Owen is a smiling, giggling 3-month-old who has already been through more than most of us have in our lifetimes. Immediately after birth, Owen lost his life for 16 minutes. After resuscitation, Owen breathed life again.

From the NICU to living life to the fullest

Martha never thought she’d get to see her girls live life the way that they do now while they were little babies in the NICU. But thanks to the expert care from the Children’s Minnesota NICU team, the girls are now living life to the fullest and participate in multiple sports.

Harriet’s heart: the Midwest Fetal Care Center helps baby defy rare tumor diagnosis

Baby Harriet’s heart condition was so rare, only 55 cases were reported worldwide over a 20-year span.