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Generous Donors Provide Life-Saving Technology



Generous donors provide life-saving technology

Jon and Jeana Youness arrived at Sanford Health on July 29, 2012 excited to welcome their second son, Jack. However, when complications arose during delivery, Jack needed the specialized care and equipment available in the Sanford Medical Center Partners Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“We were terrified when Jack’s heart quit beating after delivery,” Jeana said. “When the NICU team was able to get his pulse back, he was immediately brought to the NICU and the cool-cap was placed on his head.”

The NICU team was concerned that Jack’s brain had not received enough oxygen after delivery and he was diagnosed with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a condition that occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen. Jack wore the cool-cap for 72 hours – keeping his brain a few degrees lower than normal to prevent further damage and possibly reverse any damage that occurred after delivery.

“Jack was in the NICU for 15 long days,” Jeana said. “It was difficult to see him with the cap on and being unable to hold him, but the nurses made sure he was comfortable and treated him like a member of their own family.”

The Sanford Medical Center Partners NICU has two Olympic Cool-Cap systems, made possible by gifts to Children’s Miracle Network funds. Cool-cap technology, when used within the first six hours of life, can significantly reduce the chance of brain injury in infants. In 2013, infants from all parts of North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota and northeast South Dakota have utilized cool-cap technology in the Sanford Medical Center Partners NICU.

“The cool-caps provide a huge benefit to infants throughout the region,” said Dr. William Bellas, medical director and department chair of the Sanford Medical Center Partners NICU. “Having them available at Sanford means we can administer treatment as quickly after birth as possible, giving our infants the best chance of recovery.”

Jack is now a happy, active 16-month-old and has met all of his milestones. “The cool-cap made a life-altering difference for Jack,” Jeana said. “We are so thankful this technology was available for our little boy.”

To learn more about Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Hospital Fargo or to make a gift, visit foundation.sanfordhealth.org or call the Sanford Health Foundation at (701) 234-6246.

Posted Date: April 2014

Generous Donors Provide Life-Saving Technology

Sanford Medical Center Partners NICU has two Olympic Cool-Cap systems, made possible by gifts to Children’s Miracle Network funds. This technology can reduce the chance of brain injury in infants.