Most of SBHF's surgical team members had never done surgery on such a young patient. The nurse anesthetists were hesitant to even anesthetize a baby so small. Chief Surgeon Dr. Luther Ward guided them to through the procedure, encouraging and teaching along the way.
Because surgeries like this are complicated, Lucia needed to stay in the hospital for a couple of weeks and have additional procedures to ensure that her surgery was successful and healing as it should.
Lucia's wound is closed now, and she is healthy and eating well again. She came back for a check-up recently, and the whole family is thriving.
Without access to safe surgical care, little Lucia likely would have died. Because her mother brought her to St. Boniface Hospital, where all patients receive care regardless of their ability to pay, and patients stay for as long as needed to make them well again, Lucia is on the road to a normal, healthy childhood.