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NICU Patient Stories

Miracle Moments

In Ballad Health’s neonatal intensive care units, our region’s smallest patients get the care they need to thrive.

Our experts help sick and premature babies through their first weeks and months of life, so they can grow up strong and healthy.

Get to know some of these little miracles.

photo: newborn Ellie sleeping on mother's chest

Down syndrome, surgery, leukemia

At 7 months old, Eleanor has battled more health issues than most adults. Born 2 months early with Down syndrome, she faced stomach surgery at just 2 days old and spent the first month of her life in the NICU at Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

Read Eleanor’s story here.

 Aiden looking at camera, wearing blue plaid shirt

Rescued by love and special care

Aiden was one of the statistics you see in the news. Born addicted to drugs his mother took while pregnant, he spent the beginning of his life in the NICU of Niswonger Children’s in a special unit for babies suffering from drug withdrawal.

Read Aiden’s story here.