NICU patient stories

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.

Madeline's inspiring story shared during Periscope event



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 Hospital of Wisconsin who have been involved in their care — live from our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Read their story and watch the videos.

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 Hospital of Wisconsin, where he underwent 11 operations over several months in our NICU. Thanks to lifesaving care he received from the team at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin—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.