NICU patient stories

Ryker and Hudson's NICU story on Facebook 


Meet our NICU nurse Erin and her twin boys, Ryker and Hudson. Erin received a whole new appreciation for the care that premature babies get at Children’s Wisconsin when her own twin boys were born nearly 8 weeks early. Both Ryker and Hudson spent over 5 weeks in our NICU. Read their story on facebook. Read their story.

Photo of Gannon, a little boys diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) 

Before birth, Gannon was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart, which means that the left side of his heart was underdeveloped and could not function properly. Read his story.

Madelyn's story

 Madelyn 1

Stephanie Herian’s first pregnancy was sailing along until her 20-week ultrasound. She and her husband, residents of Port Washington, were excited to learn their child was a girl, whom they named Madelyn. But her doctor found a spot on the baby’s lung. “It was a concern, but nothing too alarming,” said Stephanie. Read her story.

NICU nurses recognized for compassionate care

Photo of Dylan, who spent the first part of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children's Wisconsin 

When Dylan Collien, age 2½, had his final developmental appointment at Children’s Wisconsin and passed with flying colors, it was no surprise to his parents.You’d never guess Dylan spent the first part of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children’s. Read more.

Macy's NICU story shared on Facebook

Macy's Story

Macy was born with TEF/EA - an esophageal atresia and a tracheosophageal fistula. Her parents, Adam and Molly, were generous enough to share the story of their daughter Macy's first few weeks of life on Facebook. Read their story and watch the video.

Madeline's inspiring story shared during Periscope event

Baby Madeline

We knew the Zornows had an incredible story to share. What we didn’t know was how that story would translate to Periscope, a video-streaming app that would let us broadcast our talk with the family — and some of the staff at Children’s who have been involved in their care — live from our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Read their story and watch the videos.

Paisley's story

Paisley's 1st Birthday

First birthdays are always special. But when you've gone through what little Paisley and her family have, getting there means so much more than a candle on a cake. Read her story

Sam's story

At one point, newborn Sam was given a 5 percent chance to live. A difficult delivery and liver laceration led Sam to Children's Wisconsin, where he underwent 11 operations over several months in our NICU. Thanks to lifesaving care he received from the team at Children's — and boundless love and support from his family — Sam is at home where he belongs.

Finn's story

Amy Hettinger developed severe preeclampsia at 26 weeks of pregnancy. Baby Finn was delivered prematurely via emergency Cesarean section weighing less than two pounds. “He was so small, it was almost surreal,” said his dad. Baby Finn spent the first 92 days of his life in our NICU.