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 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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