Specialized care leaves a special place in the hearts of a NICU graduate's family
If you ask Shonda, her pregnancy was "picture perfect" for the first 20 weeks. But at 21 weeks, Shonda's water broke, sending her into pre-term labor, and she and her husband, Scott, found themselves face-to-face with their worst fear.
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Specialized care in the NICU makes all the difference for a young girl
When Bre and Sean were expecting their fourth child, doctors informed them that the child may face significant challenges after she was born.
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Comprehensive neonatal care brings big smiles from a tiny patient
When Valerie was only a little more than halfway through her pregnancy with twins, Cruz and Cristiano, she began experiencing serious complications.
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A breath of fresh care for Matthew and his family
Planes, trains and automobiles are just a few of Matthew's interests. He spends his days playing outside with his older brother, and his parents describe him as a happy child. You'd never know he fought courageously for his life – before he was even born.
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A young girl born with airway issues finds healing at Children's Health
When Laura was pregnant with her twin daughters, Marlee and Lambert, a routine sonogram revealed an issue with Lambert's development in utero. After a number of tests and screenings, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern determined that while Lambert's heart was functioning normally, it was rotated on a different axis than a typical heart. Additionally, an MRI uncovered that one of Lambert's lungs was not developing properly and that her esophagus was not connected to her stomach. Instead, her esophagus and trachea were connected in several spots due to a condition called tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF), which was causing additional fluid to leak into her lungs instead of her stomach.
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A preemie born at 24 weeks shows a fighting spirit
Obie was born in Tyler, Texas, at 24 weeks on Dec. 31, 2017. Weighing just 1 pound, 10 ounces, he developed Stage III necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening condition in premature infants that severely affects the intestine and needs surgical repair.
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Pharaoh's story: Tiny but mighty
Cherish loves rolling trucks on the ground with her toddler and singing "You Are My Sunshine" to him. When Pharaoh was born, she didn't know if these moments would ever be possible.
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Hunter's story: Highly specialized care saves a young baby's life
Hunter also answers to the name Superman. The little hero earned his nickname at the beginning of his journey – one that has required him to be a fighter every step of the way.
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A tiny patient puts up a strong fight
Andrea, now four months old, was born 3 months before her due date. Until her delivery by emergency cesarean section, her mother, Brenda, had had a relatively uneventful pregnancy. As soon as she was born it was discovered that she had a giant sacrococcygeal teratoma at the base of Andrea's tailbone. Dr. Luc Brion, a neonatologist at Children's Health and Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern, and the specialized Resuscitation Team at the Parkland Labor and Delivery Unit provided lifesaving resuscitation for Andrea and helped to stabilize her immediately after delivery. She was then transferred to the Children's Medical Center Dallas Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the only NICU in North Texas to be designated as a Level IV (the highest level of neonatal care) by the Texas Department of State Health Services and nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report on its "Best Children’s Hospitals" list.
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A brave young girl beats the odds and gives back
When Brentlee, age 5, was born, all signs pointed to a happy and healthy baby. Her mother Amber carried her to full-term, her delivery went smoothly and she scored great on the Apgar assessment often performed on babies at birth. It wasn’t until she began having difficulties feeding that her mom first suspected something may be amiss.
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