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Emmett's Story - Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Emmett's Story

Emmett was born with sagittal craniosynostosis - meaning that the sagittal suture of his skull was already fused at birth. This only allowed his skull to grow front to back. If left untreated, his brain would not of had room to grow and he could have developed increased intracranial pressure, visual impairments, and developmental delays. When he was 6 months old, we handed our baby over to the amazing craniofacial staff of Dr. Anna Kuang (plastic surgeon) and Dr. Nathan Selden (neurosurgeon). They reshaped his skull into a much rounder shape, which allows his brain to grow without restriction. In the summer of 2013, Emmett will be returning for open heart surgery to correct two congenital heart defects (ASD and PAPVR). Although surgery for your child is very scary, it does help knowing that he will be in the hands of very talented and caring medical staff. We are so grateful for Doernbecher!!

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