“Beads of Courage” Inspires Many Families

Families who have a baby being cared for in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) typically spend a lot of time in the hospital – an average of 24 days at American Family Children’s Hospital.

Typically, there are many steps along the journey of care before a baby is healthy enough to go home or return to the local NICU to feed and grow. Understandably, the days and nights often become a blur, making it hard for families to remember each stop along the journey of care.

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Leo Overcomes a Major Scare

Leo overcomes a major scare

Ashley Nelson and her husband Jason Phipps of Madison were settling in late on a September night in their birthing suite at UnityPoint Health – Meriter, hoping to get some sleep. About 19 hours earlier, Ashley had given birth to a beautiful baby boy, Leo, the couple’s second child. All seemed fine, and the family was planning to go home the next morning. 

Sara Storm, RN, a postpartum nurse, was nearing the end of her shift when she noticed that Leo appeared greyish-blue – a worrisome sign that suggested his oxygen level was insufficient.

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Meet the Dart Family via “Love Wisconsin”

Wisconsin people. Wisconsin places. Put them together in an incredibly engaging social media platform and you get Love Wisconsin – an increasingly popular online destination for all things that make the Badger State the special place we know it to be. In only its second year, Love Wisconsin has made a huge impact on our state psyche by offering inspiring stories that make us especially proud to call Wisconsin home.

This summer, Love Wisconsin is partnering with UW Health to share stories of some of our patients in ways we hope you will find especially compelling. Our second story features the Dart family from Luxemburg, Wisconsin.

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The Heart of the Matter: Screening Young Athletes for Heart Disease

Screening Young Athletes for Heart DiseaseWhile many think of football season as a period of excitement and team spirit, this year’s season has been punctuated with tragedy.  On November 4, a high school football player named Luke Schemm collapsed on the sidelines after scoring the extra point following a touchdown.  He died 5 days later, becoming the 11th high school football death since July of this year.  Of these, 7 are thought to be related to trauma, while underlying health conditions are thought to have contributed to the other 4.

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