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Sara Beth Hardesty

Age 4 ½ months | NICU

Just a week before Sara Beth Hardesty was born, her mother, Dana, went for a final check up to ensure all was well before her daughter's arrival.

When Dana's stomach was measured to track Sara Beth's growth, she measured smaller than anticipated, so an ultrasound was performed. What is revealed was a mass in Sara Beth's abdomen.

Doctors urged Dana and her husband, Paul, to have Sara Beth's birth moved to Norton Hospital downtown, so Sara Beth would be close to Kosair Children's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), if necessary.

Dana Required Immediate Surgery

After Sara Beth's birth, Dana faced complications and required immediate surgery. Meanwhile, Sara Beth was tested to evaluate the mass. The results of a CT scan, x-ray and ultrasound were inconclusive so exploratory surgery was required to identify the mass.

Pediatric surgeon David Foley, M.D., operated on Sara Beth two days after she was born to remove what was discovered to be a benign tumor the size of a tennis ball hanging from her liver.

Sara Beth was cared for in the Kosair Children's Hospital NICU for a week after surgery. The NICU nurses and specialists taught Paul the basics of bathing and feeding while both Sara Beth and Dana continued to heal after their surgeries. She went home a perfectly healthy newborn.

Today, the Hardesty's are incredibly grateful for the care Sara Beth received at Kosair Children's Hospital and the care Dana received at Norton Hospital. Their medical issues behind them, they are enjoying life together as a healthy, loving family.

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Thinking big for the smallest patients

The NICU at Kosair Children's Hospital each year takes care of more than 1,000 of the most critically ill and premature infants from throughout Kentucky, Southern Indiana and surrounding states. Thanks to your generosity, Children's Hospital Foundation in the process of helping fund a renovation and expansion of the NICU that will allow specialists to enhance the care given to these babies.

Having a baby that needs medical care just after birth is not something expectant parents want to think about. But isn't it nice to know that's all taken care of? Kosair Children's Hospital is right here in Louisville, ready to handle some of the most complex medical issues facing newborns. Whether they're born across the street at Norton Hospital or at other hospitals and need to be brought by the "Just for Kids" Transport Team to the hospital via the mobile intensive care unit, the NICU at Kosair Children's Hospital can help.

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