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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.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Brandon Powell visits Children’s Minnesota

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Brandon Powell visited Children’s Minnesota patients at their bedside at the pediatric health care system’s Minneapolis hospital.

Farm boy tough: Henrik overcomes severe brain injury with the help of our Level I trauma center and neurosurgery teams

After what his family calls a one-in-a-million fall at daycare, little Henrik suffered a severe brain injury. His care teams at Children’s Minnesota helped put the toddler on the road to recovery.

Hydrocephalus creates ‘new meaning to life’ for little Noa and her family

September is Hydrocephalus Awareness Month. Noa’s story is inspirational and shares how Children's Minnesota has helped her family navigate their care journey.

Marielena’s vision for her future strengthens her determination to overcome leukemia

Marielena will never forget the day she found out she had leukemia. It was May 23, 2019 – she was 15 years old. The years that followed have been full of adversity – long hospital stays, cancer treatments, a coma, learning to walk again and now dealing with the side effects of treatment. But through it all Marielena found strength in knowing she had a great future ahead of her.

Family Advocacy Day 2022 emphasizes need for Congress to prioritize kids’ health

Our 2022 Children’s Minnesota Champion, Emmily, met virtually with lawmakers to share her experience at Children’s Minnesota, and also advocate for programs that support families’ access to pediatric care providers.

Nora’s legacy: family honors memory of daughter by giving back

No parents expect to lose one of their children. But out of all the sadness, Kelly and John want to bring good in their daughter Nora’s name. “We were one of those families in the PICU. They are having to make some of the toughest decisions in their lives. This is our chance to let them know they are not alone.”

Intensive Care

Children’s Minnesota's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the place where children receive the highest level of medical care for critical, life-threatening illnesses. The PICU is equipped and staffed to provide a full spectrum of pediatric critical care. We are available 24/7 for consultation and assessment for emergency and continuing care of critically-ill infants, children, and adolescents to age 18.  We offer pediatric/neonatal transport from any distance in the upper Midwest via helicopter, fixed-wing plane, ambulance or specialized critical care rigs.  The team has specialized training and our rigs are equipped to use treatments such as nitric oxide therapy immediately upon arrival at the hospital and during the transport.