Michaela and Nic were excited to welcome their first baby, Xander. The pregnancy was going smoothly until a growth scan at 32 weeks. Only a week before Christmas, Michaela was told her baby was in heart failure and she needed to get to a hospital that provided expert fetal and neonatal he needed.
Baby Ellie spent 21 days recovering in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children's Minnesota after she was born with a rare condition that required immediate surgery. She's now home and all smiles.
If you see baby August today, it would be hard to tell the difficult road he’s already been on in his young life. Diagnosed in utero with Ebstein anomaly, August’s was able to beat the odds thanks to a comprehensive and multidisciplinary team of health care professionals.
At only 3 years old, Xenia has required multiple surgeries, including many neurosurgeries. Though there had been some challenges in her case, Xenia's family says they could not have asked for a more compassionate and empathetic team at Children's Minnesota.
When Darby, and her husband Brad, went in for a routine check-up at their family care provider in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the doctors diagnosed baby Muller with spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when a section of the baby’s spinal column does not form properly and a gap appears.
The Dorsing family donated Bravery Boxes to Children’s Minnesota to honor the life of their son and brother Andrew, who was a cardiovascular patient at Children's.
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Children's Minnesota patient Olivia excels in the classroom and on the sports field, despite having hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy and epilepsy.