Despite genetic tests and a healthy pregnancy, Lizette’s baby was born with jejunal atresia, and underwent surgery after being transported to CHOC.
The news comes as a shock, usually during the first prenatal ultrasound between the 16th and 20th week of pregnancy. Treatment planning, however, cannot begin too soon when a developing baby is diagnosed with a complex birth defect. Some babies are born with complex conditions requiring surgery during the first few hours following birth. […]
Alicia underwent several surgeries in her early days of life to repair a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a hole in the diaphragm that allows abdominal organs to move into the chest.
Grace Wu beams as she watches her son Matthew smiling and happy after enjoying his bottle. “It’s good to see him so happy and active,” she says. “That he could do that makes me very, very happy.” It’s a marked change from the days following Matthew’s birth almost four months ago. As a newborn, he […]
Infants needing surgery require special attention, and a unique feature of CHOC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides just that. CHOC’s Surgical NICU, a dedicated space within the NICU, uses a comprehensive approach to care for these tiny patients. A coordinated treatment protocol – used in many adult intensive care units nationwide – has shown […]
Newborns with surgical needs require special attention, and a feature of CHOC Children’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides just that. CHOC’s Surgical NICU, a dedicated space within the NICU, utilizes a comprehensive method to care for these tiny patients with special needs. A coordinated treatment protocol – used in many adult intensive care units […]